Alena Smith is a playwright and TV writer, named one of Variety's 10 TV Writers to Watch. She is the creator of Dickinson, an upcoming show for Apple starring Hailee Steinfeld as Emily Dickinson. 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. 

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