20. INTERVIEW: Bella Poynton

Playwright, Ph.D. candidate and Artistic Director of The Navigators Theater Company, Bella Poynton, brilliantly shares with us her knowledge and love of theater on this week’s episode of Beckett’s Babies. Learn how Bella’s love for science fiction and search for truth lead her to not only seek a Ph.D. degree but to create her own theater company with her fellow collaborators.


BELLA is a playwright, director, and instructor of theatre studies. Her playwriting often focuses on science fiction of speculative themes. Bella’s plays have been produced and developed at the Great Plains Theater Festival, New Perspectives Theater, The Science Fiction Theater Company, Otherworld Theatre, the Pittsburgh New Play Festival, The Alleyway Theatre, The Antaeus Company, Madlab, Road Less Traveled Productions, Quantum Dragon Theatre and many more. Bella has been a finalist for the Woodward/Newman Drama Award, the Heideman Prize, The Christopher Brian Wolk Award, and the Samuel French OOB Festival. She has been a regional playwriting resident at Road Less Traveled Productions, and a teaching artist at Shea’s Buffalo, The Just Buffalo Literary Center, Syracuse Stage, Horizon Theatre Company, and many others. Bella is also the Artistic Director of The Navigators Theatre Company, producing feminist science fiction stories for the stage. The company currently has a residency with Access Theatre in New York City.

In addition to her playwriting, Bella is also a PhD Candidate in Performance Studies at the University at Buffalo. Her ongoing research project explores robots and A.I. in performance from 1920 to the present. Other research interests include mixed reality performance, the historical avant-garde, and female playwrights. Bella holds a BFA in Acting from Boston University, an MA in Theatre from the University at Buffalo, and an MFA in Playwriting from the Iowa Playwrights’ Workshop.

To learn more about Bella and her work, visit her website at www.bellapoynton.com

The episode was recorded on June 9, 2020.

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