Join Bash Doran, acclaimed playwright and screenwriter, in conversation with actress and producer Clea Alsip, about writing, producing, and life in show business. Bash has written for tv on shows as varied as Beef, Boardwalk Empire, Smash, and Looming Tower. Her plays have been produced at Lincoln Center and Playwrights Horizons, among others.


Bash Doran is currently adapting The Wicked Novels by Gregory Maguire for Hulu and a new feature for Amazon Studios and Jon Watts.

Other feature credits include OUTLAW KING for Netflix, which starred Chris Pine and Florence Pugh, and was directed by David Mackenzie. Bash’s four-part adaptation of LIFE AFTER LIFE based on the acclaimed novel by Kate Atkinson was recently aired in the UK. John Crowley directed and Thomasin Mckenzie starred.

Bash has created and executive produced TRAITORS for Channel 4 and Netflix. She was a Co-Executive Producer on Hulu’s THE LOOMING TOWER which received a WGA nomination. Other TV writing and producing includes MASTERS OF SEX for Showtime and SMASH for NBC. Her first television job was on BOARDWALK EMIPRE and earned her a WGA nomination.

Bash’s play THE MYSTERY OF LOVE AND SEX premiered at Lincoln Center in 2015 under the direction of Sam Gold, starring Diane Lane and Tony Shalhoub. Her critically acclaimed play KIN received its world premiere at Playwrights Horizons in 2011.Her collection “The Marriage Plays” is published by Oberon and the rest of her work is available from Samuel French and Playscripts Inc among others. Her adaptation of GREAT EXPECTATIONS has been performed in high schools across America and she is currently adapting THE FABULOUS BAKER BOYS into a new musical.

She is a 2009 recipient of the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award. She holds a BA and an MA from Cambridge University, and an MA from Oxford University. She moved to the United States on a Fulbright Scholarship in 2000, received her M.F.A from Columbia University, and went on to become a playwriting fellow of The Juilliard School. She currently lives in New York City.


Clea Alsip is a New York based actor and producer who transplanted up to Kent last summer, where she now lives happily with her husband, her one year old son, and their dog.  As an actress, Clea was most recently in The Thanksgiving Play on Broadway this past spring, understudying both of the amazing lead women (D’Arcy Carden and Katie Finneran). Other New York Theater credits include M. Butterfly (Broadway), Nantucket Sleigh Ride (Lincoln Center), The Way We Get By (Second Stage), Stage Kiss (Playwright’s Horizons), and Ping Pong (The Public) among others.  Regionally, Clea has performed at Williamstown, Humana Festival, Marin Theater Company, Westport, Long Wharf, Bucks County Playhouse, George Street, Dorset, and Berkshire Theater Festival.  Her TV and film credits include “New Amsterdam,” “Tales of the City,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Billy & Billie,” “The Sinner,” Yours/Ours, Hunter&Game, The Little Tin Man, and I’m Not Him.

As a producer, Clea is a cofounder of the not-for-profit production company, The COOP, aiming to bridge the gap between burgeoning artists and the funds necessary to make that first on-camera piece.  Their inaugural short film, The Snakes, was screened at numerous festivals and was purchased by HBO where it is still currently streaming on the Max App.