Sheila Callaghan (born 1973) is a playwright and screenwriter who emerged from the RAT (Regional Alternative Theatre) movement of the 1990s. She has been profiled by American Theater Magazine, “The Brooklyn Rail”,Theatermania, and The Village Voice. Her work has been published in American Theatre magazine.
In 2010, Callaghan was profiled by Marie Claire as one of “18 successful women who are changing the world.” She was also named one of Variety magazine’s “10 Screenwriters to Watch” of 2010. She was nominated for a 2016 Golden Globe Award for her work on the Hulu comedy series Casual, and a 2017 WGA nomination for her episode “I Am A Storm” from Season 7 of the comedy/drama series Shameless.
Callaghan’s writing has been described as “comically engaging, subversively penetrating”, “whimsically eloquent”, “unique and completely contemporary”, and “downright weird”.The New York Times has said Callaghan “writes with a world-weary tone and has a poet’s gift for economical description,” and the Philadelphia Weekly has called Callaghan a “provocative playwright” with a “national following” who “creates work that’s realistic and unpredictable, dark and funny, reassuring and disturbing.”
Callaghan is a founding member of feminist advocacy group The Kilroys, who created the Kilroys’ List. She is also a founding member of the playwrights’ collective 13P and an alumni member of New Dramatists.
Callaghan is the recipient of several writing awards, including the 2000 Princess Grace Award, the 2014 Ted Schmitt Award for the world premiere of an outstanding new play by the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, and the 2007 Whiting Award for Drama. She also won a Robert Chesley Award from Publishing Triangle in 2002. In 2007, her play Dead City won a Special Commendation Award for the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.