Arlene (she/her/hers) is the author of Last Train to Nibroc, which received a New York Drama League Best Play nomination and was a finalist for the Francesca Primus Prize. Regional theatre credits include B Street, Chester Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Florida Studio Theatre, Kitchen Theatre, Mad Cow, Rubicon Theatre and Washington Stage Guild. Her plays, including I Dream Before I Take the Stand and As It Is In Heaven, have been presented at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Off- and Off-Off-Broadway, in London and throughout the world and are published by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French, Playscripts and Dramatic Publishing and appear in textbooks and best play anthologies. An alumna of New Dramatists and member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, Honor Roll!, New Circle Theatre Company and New Light Theater Project, Hutton is a three-time winner of the Samuel French Short Play Festival, nine-time finalist for the Heideman Award, and recipient of the Lippman and Calloway awards. She has received commissions and grants from the EST/Sloan Foundation, NYSCA, the Bushwick Starr pet project, the South Carolina Arts Commission, the Educational Theatre Association, the Big Bridge Theatre Consortium, Bushwick Starr pet project and the Carthage College New Play Initiative. Hutton has taught at the College of Charleston, Fordham University and the Sewanee Writers Conference and was twice named the Tennessee Williams Fellow at the University of the South. Residencies include the Australian National Playwrights Conference, Blue Mountain Center, MacDowell Colony, SPACE at Ryder Farm, VCCA, Winterthur and Yaddo. Based in New York City, she is on the faculty of Goddard College and teaches playwriting at The Barrow Group.
According to the Chorus, Sunset Point (part of Brecht: Call and Respond)
"Tantalizing...spry and zippy. Even longtime theatergoers could learn a few fun tidbits from the new play According to the Chorus."
- Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Times (According to the Chorus, 2023)
"Hutton masters the art of the ensemble piece, crafting dynamic personalities within the chorus and creating juicy through-lines for each of her characters throughout their journeys."
- Brittany Crowell, Front Row Center
"Ms. Hutton’s command of characters, plot and dialogue is so accomplished that it is tantalizing to imagine it as a full-length play."
- Darryl Reilly, TheaterScene.Net (Sunset Point part of Brecht: Call and Respond, 2020)
According to the Chorus
Playwright (winning one act commission for Brecht: Call and Respond)