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Hilary Bettis is a playwright, a producer, and a writer.

Hilary Bettis
Born1985 or 1986 (age 33–34)[1]
South Carolina, United States
OccupationPlaywright, TV Writer, Producer
Alma materThe Juilliard School
Genresdark comedy, docudrama/historic, drama
Notable works"72 miles to go...", "Queen of Basel", "Alligator", "The Ghosts of Lote Bravo", "Blood & Dust"
Notable awardsWriter's Guild of America Award
SpouseBobby Moreno

She won the 2019 Writer’s Guild of America Award,[2] and was nominated in 2018, for her work on the Emmy and Golden Globe winning series The Americans on FX, which she wrote on for the final two seasons. Her play, 72 miles to go... was a 2019 finalist for the prestigious Blackburn Prize,[3] and will be produced Off-Broadway by Roundabout Theatre [4] Winter 2020

She is a graduate of the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwright Fellowship at The Juilliard School. Bettis has received fellowships, workshops, and residencies at the Roundabout, Alley All New Festival, Orlando Shakes PlayFest, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference,[5] 2050 Fellow at New York Theatre Workshop, John N. Wall Fellow at Sewanee Writers’ Conference, SPACE at Ryder Farm, Writer-In-Residence at Cape Cod Theatre Project, La Jolla Playhouse, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, Playwrights’ Week at The Lark, NNPN's National Showcase of New Plays, Audrey Residency at New Georges, Two River Theater, Great Plains Theatre Conference, WildWind Lab at Texas Tech, The Kennedy Center/NNPN MFA Workshop, and a Sloan/EST Commission.

She has had plays recognized by The Kilroys every year since its inception. She has been a Runner-Up for the Alliance Theatre's Kendeda Award, Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition, American Blues Theater's Blue Ink Award, New America Fellowship, and the Leah Ryan Prize. Bettis is a member of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages, Ensemble Studio Theater, a Usual Suspect at NYTW, an Affiliated Artist at New Georges, The Kilroys, and a proud member of the WGA.

As a screenwriter, Bettis has written and produced three short films. B’Hurst and The Iron Warehouse have screened at multiple film festivals across the globe. Amarillo By Morning, her directorial debut, is currently in post-production. She has developed and sold multiple original TV shows, and is currently developing a project at FX with Propgate,[6] and AMC. And she is an alumnus of the prestigious Sundance Institute Episodic TV Lab.[7]

She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, actor Bobby Moreno[8] Her grandfather was of Mexican descent.[9]

Written WorksEdit

Full-Length PlaysEdit

  • "72 miles to go..."
  • "Queen of Basel"
  • American Girls
  • Mexico
  • Alligator
  • Dakota Atoll
  • The Ghosts of Lote Bravo
  • The History of American Pornography
  • Blood & Dust

Short PlaysEdit

  • The Mud Hole
  • Two Lovers
  • The Bronze Serpent


  • "Amarillo by Morning"
  • "Connor"
  • B'Hurst
  • The Iron Warehouse
  • The Lost Coyote Cabaret


  1. ^ "Sex and Violence, Beyond the Script". NY Times. March 15, 2016.
  2. ^ "2019 Writers Guild Awards Winners & Nominees". Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  3. ^ "Home | The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize". Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  4. ^ "72 Miles to Go..." Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  5. ^ "theoneill | New Work by Decade". The O'Neill | Launchpad of American Theater. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  6. ^ Petski, Denise; Petski, Denise (2018-06-06). "FX Developing 'La Niña' Drama Based On Colombian Format From Propagate". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  7. ^ Monday; September 24th; 2018. "Sundance Institute Announces 2018 Episodic Lab Fellows". Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  8. ^ "About". Hilary Bettis | Playwright. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
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