About

Alena Smith is a playwright and TV writer, named one of Variety's 10 TV Writers to Watch. She is currently writing a pilot for USA Network, based on The Tsar of Love & Techno, a book of short stories about contemporary Russia, by Anthony Marra. Previously, she was a writer and producer for Showtime's The Affair, and wrote for HBO's The Newsroom. Her most recent play, Icebergs, had its world premiere in 2016 at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. An original television series she created about Emily Dickinson is in development with Anonymous Content and Imagine Entertainment. 

Alena created the Twitter character @TweenHobo (featured in Paste, The Believer, A.V. Club, and elsewhere); Tween Hobo: Off The Rails, her novel based on the account, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2014. Her essays about writing for theater, TV, and the internet have been published in Grantland and the Los Angeles Review of Books.

She received her MFA in Playwriting from the Yale School of Drama, and studied philosophy at Haverford College and the University of Oxford.

“Alena Smith has an incredible ear for what is current, modern, and in the Zeitgeist.” -- Hal Brooks, Artistic Director, Cape Cod Theatre Project