Tim Plaehn graduated from Northeastern University and holds master's degrees from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and Middlebury's Bread Loaf School of English. In 2012 the Barefoot Theatre Company chose his play "West Asheville" for a reading at the Art of Acting Studio in Los Angeles and a workshop performance at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York. Also in 2012 he attended Stony Brook’s Southampton Playwriting Conference, and his short play "Metallica Is the Last Straw" was selected to run in the 2013 InspiraTO Festival in Toronto.
He then traveled to China as one of five feature-length winners of the inaugural Beijing International Screenwriting Competition for his script, "The Panjiayuan Diary." In the fall of 2014 "West Asheville" had another New York reading with the Red Fern Theatre. His third screenplay, "The Reconstruction of Huck Finn (Over Mark Twain’s Dead Body!)," helped earn him a spot in the 2016 Rocaberti Castle Writer’s Retreat where he worked with producer Juliet Blake. In July of 2016 he entered The Playground's 10 Minute Play Festival, and he wrote "Jenna Feldman, a One Woman Show," which won the audience-selected most distinguished play award.
He has published two short stories "Please Read" (Creative Loafing) and “Confirmation” (Short Story America) and was awarded Ireland’s 1998 Aran Islands Poetry Fellowship. He lives in Asheville with his wife Helen and their four children, Martha, Patrick, Flannery, and Henry.
The Reconstruction of Huck Finn (Over Mark Twain's Dead Body!) Comedy A girl who hates Huck Finn for its galling stereotypes finds herself in the pages of the novel where she'll try to ditch Huck, save Jim, and find her way home--no matter what Mark Twain does to stop her.
The Panjiayuan Diary Drama A lying eleven-year-old Chinese American girl from LA can't move on from her parents' divorce, but when she moves to Beijing, she “discovers” a magic diary that writes back to her in Mandarin and which may just teach her how to trust once again--even if it's a fraud.
Should I Kill Myself or Have a Cup of Coffee? Independent ⋄ Romance ⋄ Comedy Nearing thirty, Abby botches her own suicide and a year later, facing eviction, she has to take in a depressed graveyard golfer named T-Rex; now she just has to refrain from sleeping with him.
The Playground 10 Minute Play Festival Most Distinguished Play
Beijing International Screenwriting Contest winner (feature)
InspiraTO Play Festival selection