Carole Vasta Folley
Carole Vasta Folley is a playwright, writer, storyteller, director, speaker, acting coach, and workshop leader. She has extensive onstage experience including roles in over thirty productions. As a director, Vasta Folley’s highlights include large scale musical productions featuring casts of over 50 as well as intimate regional premieres of new work. After success in directing, writing, and performing her own work, Vasta Folley made the transition to playwriting, which she describes as “a homecoming of sorts and my most satisfying work to date.”
Pronouncing Glenn, a comedic romp with a giant heart, was Vasta Folley’s inaugural work in 2008. Vasta Folley directed and had a leading role in the play that premiered for three weeks at The Stowe Theatre Guild to sold-out houses. Seven Days Vermont reviewed the production saying, “Carole Vasta Folley, a ﬁrst time playwright, succeeds wonderfully at devising a brace of charming, believable characters that have us laughing with them and caring about them. Vasta Folley has the storyteller gift.”
Inspired to create strong roles for women, Vasta Folley wrote and directed The Family of EWE. Produced by Girls Nite Out Productions, it was selected by The Burlington Free Press as one of the Five Plays to Remember from 2013, and reviewed as a “tender, often laugh-out-loud ode to the bonds of female friendship.”
With her directing experience, Vasta Folley continued to take her work from the page to the stage when she worked with Girls Nite Out Productions as playwright and director of the premiere of her original play Alumni Pie. A comedy about reunion and second chances, it ran for two weeks in 2015 at Burlington, Vermont’s Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center. Reviewed by The Burlington Free Press as “A crowd-pleasing two hours of theater. The characters in Alumni Pie are reunited, and it feels so good.”
Vasta Folley is the recipient of the 2015 Vermont Playwright Award for her original play, The Sleepover, A Comedy of Marriage. Later that year she received a grant from The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts for the creation and development of her drama, The Seymour Sisters, which culminated with a work-in-progress performance at the FlynnSpace.
In 2015, Vasta Folley was awarded a grant from the Vermont Arts Endowment Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, which helped support further development of The Seymour Sisters and a workshop tour throughout Vermont in the summer of 2016. The Seymour Sisters has been described by audiences as “moving, thoughtful, and provocative.” The Vermont Journal reviewed The Seymour Sisters as “a confrontational, emotional, yet humorous trip down memory lane. Not a play to miss; be prepared to laugh, but also to cry.”
In spring 2016, Vasta Folley performed her talk, “How to Grow a Playwright,” at the Springﬁeld Library in Vermont. Her personal essays, anecdotes, and photographs weave a story that highlights the comedy and drama found in everyday life and posits, “Perhaps the seeds of who we become were planted right from the beginning.”
Vermont Magazine published Vasta Folley’s essay, “The Girl in the Opera House,” as part of the Vermont Writer’s Prize in their March/April 2016 issue.
Other Vasta Folley plays in development include a comedy of love and misunderstanding titled The Replacement Wife and the drama After Chrissy, which explores a person’s right to die.