Playwright Cricket Daniel lives in Bend, Oregon but hails from California. Cricket holds a theater degree from UC Santa Barbara and studied Shakespeare in Cambridge, England. She has an extensive background in improv, stand-up and theater. Cricket was a member of the national improv troupe Comedy Sportz and has performed stand-up at The Ice House and The Improv. Cricket regularly performed in local community theatre productions. However, it was when she was an audience member one evening at a local production that she found her true calling. She happened to be in the audience watching a play the same night as the playwright and ended up watching him more than the play. By the end of the evening she thought to herself “I wanna be that guy!”
The next day she started writing her first play COUPLE DATING. That guy was playwright Michael Slade, whom she credits for sending her into a whole new and exciting direction. COUPLE DATING made its World Premiere in 2009. Cricket has since had her plays produced across the country.
Cricket adapted her 10 minute play, BREAK DREAMS into a short film (starring Susan Isaacs, Garrett Swann and Mary Jo Eustace) and it made its debut in the 2014 Santa Barbara International Film Festival. BREAK DREAMS has been staged in New York City, Miami, Colorado Springs, Eugene, OR and in Austin, TX. Cricket’s full length play LOVE, LAUGHTER & LUCCI took home Best Production, Best Actress and Best Actor at the 2012 Golden Gravel Awards in Florida. Her 10 minute play KENTUCKY CHICKENS premiered in the 24/SEVEN Theater Project in Colorado Springs and was reprised in 2013 as part of the 24/SEVEN All Stars. Her latest full length play HELEN ON WHEELS made its World Premiere last April and sold out its entire three week run, going on to become the highest grossing comedy in that theaters history. HELEN ON WHEELS was a finalist in the 2015 New Play Development Workshop through Route 66 Theatre in Chicago and will be making its regional premiere in Milwaukee, WI in the Fall of 2015.
Cricket is a 2012 recipient of an Arts, Beautification, and Culture Award for her contribution to local theater and is a member of The Dramatist Guild of America.
Cricket is happily married to her husband Jason of 20 years and has a ten year-old daughter named Spencer. Cricket’s dream is to be a staff writer on a sitcom and has trained under Jen Grisanti Consulting in Television Writing (Spec and Pilot).