CARLA CANTRELLE
October 2008

NY, NY – Carla has a wide-ranging career as a novelist, playwright, actor, and trapeze artist. She has published over twenty books for children and teenagers, ranging from best-selling mass-market series fiction (often as a ghostwriter) to literary hardcovers exploring serious issues to graphic novels set in different historical time periods. Her books have been translated into multiple languages, several of her books have been included as part of the Accelerated Readers Program, and her two most recent hardcovers for Young Adults, THICKER THAN WATER and SILENT ECHOES were selected by the New York Public Library for their competitive “Books for the Teen Age” list. She has been published by HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Razorbill/Penguin, First-Second Books, DisneyPress, Bantam Books, Lyric Publishing, Twenty-First Century Books and Scholastic. She has been a participant in the Breadloaf Writers Conference and the Zoetrope All-Story Writers Conference and was a finalist for the Chesterfield Film Fellowship based on her short fiction.

Her plays have received rave reviews and broke box office records at several juried festivals. She has adapted her work for WBAI’s Arts in the Evening and enjoyed a residency at 78th Street TheaterLab to develop her short piece, TRAPEZE into a full-length play, LOOKING UP, which was then presented at the prestigious Assembly Rooms at the Edinburgh Fringe and in New York at Theater for the New City. Her adaptation of Angela Carter’s NIGHTS AT THE CIRCUS was a Special Event at FringeNYC 2006 and a finalist for the prestigious O’Neil Playwrights Conference. She was commissioned by the Ellis Island Foundation for the 2005-2006 season (REMEMBER THE DREAM) and by Vital Children’s Theater (MY NEW YORK, Nov. 2006-Jan. 2007), currently touring schools. She has received grants from the Gadsby Fund, The Field, and the Ira and Leonore Gershwin Trusts for her theatrical work. She was also co-producer of the long-running aerial variety show, ABOVE THE BELT, at The Zipper Theater. Her unique approach to trapeze has been highlighted twice in Spectacle (the circus trade magazine).

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