Isley is an American-born, London-based playwright and poet. She is currently part of The Bush Theatre’s Emerging Writers’ Group, as well as writing new work for High Tide’s First Commissions Program and for a new commission by Paines Plough and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Her most recent production, SKIN A CAT, played at London’s The Bunker as their premiere production. It was nominated for three Off West End Awards, including Best New Play. It was originally performed as part of the VAULT Festival in London in January 2016. It has since been picked up by Playground Entertainment and Isley is adapting it for TV. Her European debut SIE UND WIR (‘US & THEM’) was at Werk X, Vienna. Her play TOTTY, written for Paines Plough and Tamasha’s Come To Where I’m From: London, is available for free through the CTWIF app. BRIGHT NIGHTS was the 2014 Script6 winner at The Space. SLEIGHT OF HAND for BAREtruth Theatre’s Little Stitches was performed at Theatre503, Arcola theatre and Gate theatre in 2014. Her monologue WHAT’S SO SPECIAL was performed as part of The Get Out at The Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs. Her critically acclaimed debut play LEAN enjoyed an extended run at the Tristan Bates Theatre (2013) and was performed in May 2015 by Theatre N16. She was named Champion of Literary Death Match at Norfolk and Norwich Festival.
Another new play is currently in development with support from Old Vic New Voices, the Michael Grandage Company and the Arcola Lab. She has also written two short films, Taketh and Struck, the latter of which will premiere at the Sydney Film Festival. She is a graduate of the Royal Court Young Writers Programme and Royal Court Invitation Studio Group and was a Creative Associate of the Soho Theatre Young Company from 2011-2012.