Elizabeth Orndorff worked in advertising, public relations and publications production before turning to fiction and playwriting. She has degrees from Grove City College (PA), University of Georgia, and University of Kentucky, where she taught journalism while in graduate school. After writing a novel that failed to impress agents, she turned to short story writing and eventually won Boulevard magazine's fiction competition with Why I Sold My Baby at the Wal-Mark in 2005. Then came playwriting. Her play Death by Darkness, set in Mammoth Cave in 1842, won the International Mystery Writers Festival in 2007 and the Southern Playwrights Competition in 2008. In 2009 she studied with Lee Blessing at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, partially funded by a Kentucky Arts Council Award, where she worked on a play about Rosalind Franklin and the discovery of the DNA double helix. Also in 2009, her play Aidan’s Gift won the Kentucky Theatre Association’s playwriting award. In 2010 her comedy The Dillinger Dilemma, based on the rumor that John Dillinger visited Danville in 1934, set attendance records at Pioneer Playhouse. In September 2010, her comedy High Strangeness will open the season at West T. Hill Community Theatre. She recently won a Wurlitzer Foundation Fellowship to live and write plays in Taos, New Mexico, during January through April of 2010. She lives in Danville, Kentucky, with her husband, Robert.
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