Hilary Bettis writes plays, TV and movies.


She won the 2019 Writer’s Guild of America Award, and was nominated in 2018, for her work on the Emmy and Golden Globe winning series “The Americans” on FX, which she wrote on for the final two seasons. Her play, 72 miles to go... is a 2019 finalist for the prestigious Blackburn Prize, and will be produced Off-Broadway by Roundabout Theatre Winter 2020.

She is a graduate of the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwright Fellowship at The Juilliard School. Bettis has received fellowships, workshops, and residencies at the Roundabout, Alley All New Festival, Orlando Shakes PlayFest, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, 2050 Fellow at New York Theatre Workshop, John N. Wall Fellow at Sewanee Writers’ Conference, SPACE at Ryder Farm, Writer-In-Residence at Cape Cod Theatre Project, La Jolla Playhouse, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, Playwrights’ Week at The Lark, NNPN’s National Showcase of New Plays, Audrey Residency at New Georges, Two River Theater, Great Plains Theatre Conference, WildWind Lab at Texas Tech, The Kennedy Center/NNPN MFA Workshop, and a Sloan/EST Commission.


She has had plays recognized by The Kilroys every year since its inception. She has been a Runner-Up for the Alliance Theatre’s Kendeda Award, Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition, American Blues Theater’s Blue Ink Award, New America Fellowship, and the Leah Ryan Prize. Bettis is a member of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages, Ensemble Studio Theater, a Usual Suspect at NYTW, an Affiliated Artist at New Georges, The Kilroys, and a proud member of the WGA.

The Ghosts of Lote Bravo received a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere at the Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City, MO, Borderlands Theater in Tucson, Arizona. The play was published in American Theatre Magazine in February 2018 with stills from the production on the cover. Her play, Alligator, was produced Off-Broadway with New Georges and The Sol Project, and was nominated for a 2017 Drama Desk for Outstanding Music in a Play. Queen of Basel, a bilingual adaptation of Miss Julie commissioned by Miami New Drama, was produced at Miami New Drama in April 2018, and will receive its world premiere at Studio Theatre in D.C. March 2019. Her play, 72 miles to go… received a workshop production at the Alley’s All New festival in January 2019.

As a screenwriter, Bettis has written and produced three short films. B’Hurst and The Iron Warehouse have screened at multiple film festivals across the globe. Amarillo By Morning, her directorial debut, is currently in post-production. She has developed and sold multiple original TV shows, and is developing a project at AMC. And she is an alumni of the prestigious Sundance Institute Episodic TV Lab. She's currently writing on the Hulu miniseries "The  Dropout" starring Kate McKinnon.


She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her cat and her husband, and rides horses in her free time.