Persephone Vandegrift

Award winning writing for film, stage, and literary outlets

Theatre Production

 

MYTHFESTCo-Creator & Producer of Mythfest.

Directed by Rebecca Goldberg, Produced by: Mythodical Ensemble 

Three one-act plays dedicated to the women of classical mythology.

Letter From Helen - Persephone Vandegrift - Think you know the real Helen of Troy?

Hippolyta - Machelle Allman - Hippolyta justifies her reason for going to war.

Fate Demands It - Carolynne Wilcox - The cursed eternal struggle between Clytemnestra and Cassandra. Can we really change our fate or are our paths just pre-determined?

Read our review here:  Drama In The Hood reviews MYTHFEST

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The Last Nutcracker - Short, Com/Holiday themed

Dir: Rachel Delmar, Produced by: Rachel Delmar and Annex Theatre. 2012

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Be Careful What You Wish For & It's Not Really Suicide, Is It?

May 2012 at Stone Soup Theatre's Double XX Fest 

Be Careful What You Wish For - Sci-fi/comedy. Written for the 24 hour play fest that kicked off the 1st weekend of the XX festival.

It's Not Really Suicide, Is It? -. Official Selection. Short drama exploring the ramifications of a young soldier's suicide due to PTSD.

Directed by Julianne Christie, starring Michael Mitchell, Carolynne Wilcox, and Chris Allen. 

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A Little Nightmare Before Your Christmas -  Comedy, short. Official Selection for Freshwater Theatre's 'Awkward Moments' festival and published in their Awkward Moments Festival anthology. May 2011. 

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First Fifteen - Persephone received a small grant from Seattle's 4Culture to produce and curate the First Fifteen workshop for plays in process by local women writers. First Fifteen allowed women writers to hear 15 pages of their work in process, just started or just finished. This workshop atmosphere encouraged feedback and allowed other writers/actors taking part to offer constructive advice (if requested) which in turn helped the writer consider a variety of avenues for further development if needed. 

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Return of Helen & The Ticket - debuted at Open Circle Theatre's Eat My Shorts Festival in 2010. Return of Helen (directed by Ralph Fontaine) was voted audience favorite. 

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Revenge and Sorrow in Thebes - full length adaption of The Bacchae of Euripides. Voted by Seattle Weekly as one of the top 6 most memorable theatre events in Seattle for 2009.

The original review: R & V in Thebes review 

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Two - one-act poetic exploration into the supernatural and time travel. 1996, Union Garage, Theatre Babylon, Seattle, WA.

 


 

 

 

Recommendations: Writing, Script Consulting

 

"I recently worked with Persephone Vandegrift on my script for my short film “SHIFT PARADIGM”. It was my first script that I had ever written.

I was very impressed with her guidance and instruction. She taught me how to perceive my story in a way that expresses feelings and thoughts without using words. The thing that stood out to me is she never gave me ideas just examples of how to build the story and my script. She also helped me to draw more descriptive ways to show the characters back-story and build layers to the climax of the story.

Persephone made my writing experience a true pleasure. My film was officially selected to be screened at Holly Shorts Film Festival and the screening in my home town was sold out! I couldn’t have created such an emotionally gripping film without her help." 

Greg Marks - actor, writer, executive producer

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“When my business partners and I were looking for a talented writer to help us draft a screenplay, we went through countless portfolios. But as I read Persephone Vandegrift’s extensive work, I could sense the passion with which every word had been chosen. Coming from someone with his own background in writing, this instantly made Persephone’s work stand out from the crowd.

As time progressed, I had time to directly collaborate with her on many issues relating to our plot structure. Persephone’s enthusiasm to tackle a new subject was immediately recognized by our production team. Having a self-professed history enthusiast join our ranks further reassured us that we had made the right decision. She holds herself to a very high standard, not only meeting our expectations, but frequently exceeding them. Persephone’s recent fundraising for her own film, “All Things Hidden,” serves to reaffirm her professionalism and drive to be an integral part of the entire filmmaking process.

I know that she will accomplish great things in the near future, and I shall look on with anticipation as her career develops.”

Adam Bednar, Junior Partner & Assistant Producer, 5th Kompanie Productions, LLC

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“Persephone writes moving, truthful and engaging scripts that translate extremely well to screen. Her scripts are well-written and authentic and balance engaging, often painful, drama with astute character observation. I am looking forward to seeing more of her work.”

Vanessa Bailey, Actress, Simon & How Associates

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Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, On Time

“As a producer and director working with Persephone is more than ideal. She is a writer in every sense of the word. I can give her an idea or concept and the product she can turnaround in minimal time is amazing. The future holds great things for this woman. You can bet I will be saying, "I knew her when..."

Ben Andrews, Independent Producer/Director

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"Persephone has a gift with words. She is one of those great writers that comes along and will continue to write many more brilliant works. She has a way of grabbing you from the beginning right into the story and has the talent to keep you engaged all the way to the end. I have been lucky enough to have been able to read her fantastic work. She truly is a great storyteller. "

Cathy Beasley, writer/director of "The Scapegoat" - KitCatFilms