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Edna Coulson Hall
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Edna Coulson HallOriginally an actor, Edna began writing monologues for her own auditions and progressed to workshop scenes. In time, writing became her main interest. Her first produced play, The Locust Tree, was developed during participation in the West Coast Playwrights Conference. Edna studied play writing under the now Artistic Director of The San Francisco Playwrights Foundation Amy Mueller, in class with actress / playwright Ellen McLaughlin, and is currently a student of long time teacher and O'Neill Conference playwright Will Dunne. She studied acting under ACT instructors and with directors Robert Woodruff, Richard E. T. White and Tony Taccone.

Edna was co-writer / producer of Check the Box - Merging Voices, which won Best Collected Shorts in the 2003 San Francisco Fringe Festival. The theme of these plays was identity; Edna's play was titled Twinship Kinship.

Wor-Wah, a full length play exploring the Baby Boomers' nightmare question, "What do you do when Mom, who has taken care of everyone, can't take care of herself anymore?" received a staged reading in May 2003.

A Torment of Carols, a ten minute play describing an angel-assisted reworking of a father-daughter relationship, was performed as a staged reading in December 2002 as part of the company's Holiday Shorts.

Currently, Edna is working on Omega, a full length play about a newly deceased man struggling to bring about the reunion of the estranged wife and daughter he left behind; Zoey Anna, the misadventures of a girl afflicted by psychic powers; and Dad's Bio, the story of how a young student's school assignment uncovers her father's secret past.

Born and raised in rural Ohio, Edna is married, has two dogs, a cat and two llamas. She lives on a 7-acre mini-farm in the East Bay area of Northern California not far from San Francisco.

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