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Lydia Hadfield is a writer and performer. Satire, physical comedy, and strong character work are her driving interests. Currently, she’s working on a new solo show, Piece of Work (excerpt: The Telemarketing Shed)

The Peacock Lady, Hadfield’s newest full-length play was recently featured in Maryland Ensemble Theatre’s METLab Plays in Progress festival, July 2019.

Lydia works in playwriting, stage acting, improv, variety entertainment, talk show panels, comedy podcast writing/acting, and solo performance.

To browse her plays and solo show scripts, visit Hadfield’s New Play Exchange profile.


Lydia performed in Kevin Cole and. IO Duarte’s 2017: A Year in Review at the Maryland Ensemble Theatre. Lydia also crafted a site-specific satirical monologue, Recess: Time Travel!, read and performed at SHE/THEY 2018, an interdisciplinary art show held at Area 31 in Frederick, MD. Her dark, surreal holiday fairytale play, Krimby Tales, was read December 2016 on The Last Hurrah.

Lies!: The Low-Brow, Po-Mo Basement Show  premiered as a METx production at the Maryland Ensemble Theatre in Frederick, MD, November 2015.

Hadfield’s solo show, Eye of the Storm, premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2012. Another show, What Are You Making?, (about working at a particular arts & crafts superstore during the holidays) took the stage December 2011 at The Marsh’s Tell it On Tuesday series in Berkeley, CA. Hadfield wrote and starred in her thesis, Grimcraw Day, a satirical, experimental play about the nature of holidays in April 2011.

In addition, she’s worked as variety performer ‘Oola Arteeste, The Art Clown.’ She was a performing member of Philadelphia improv troupe, Snapshot, and wrote for for The Annual. Lydia performed in bimonthly shows as a part of The Natural Disaster Club improv troupe in Amherst, MA from 2007-2011.

Lydia Hadfield earned an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts degree in literature, writing and theatre at Hampshire College, May 2011.

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