Recipient of Jerome Fellowships, a McKnight Advancement Grant, a Saison Foundation residency, a Japan Foundation Grant, and an alum of the Core Writer program at the Playwrights’ Center of Minneapolis, Trista’s work has been developed and produced around the country and internationally in the UK, Australia, Chile and Japan. Producers of Trista’s work includes Women’s Project and Productions, The Flea Theatre, The Guthrie, Bricolage Production Co., New Georges, Circle X, Bloomington Playwrights’, Red Eye, Live Girls!, Saison Foundation of Japan and Santiago a mil Festival of Chile.

Trista  is also the Co-Founder of Workhaus Playwrights’ Collective, producing 25 new play productions over ten years together.

Development homes include  Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Lark New Play Development Center, and The Playwrights’ Center of Minneapolis. Shout-outs also to Bay Area Playwrights and National New Play Network – and the many small companies who have helped grow ideas in their fearless and free rehearsal rooms.


Daughter of a truckdriver and a preschool teacher, I spent my primary years in the rural wetlands of Graham, Washington, and my teen years in the industrial city of Tacoma. I came of age as a writer in Seattle, New York City and Minneapolis.

I’ve supported my writing with a wide variety of employment; from hedge funds, to methadone clinics, to European transformer sales companies, to movie theaters, lighting and grip, fish departments, bars, pathology labs, and as the first female bagel baker in Seattle (far as I’ve heard).  My favorite way to earn money (aside from writing) is through teaching.   (Click on the “teaching” section for the details of this important part of what I do and who I am.)

Currently I reside on an island near Seattle with my two daughters and a few animals.

Thanks for visiting my site, and thanks for your interest.  I’m interested in you, too.


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