Toni Thayer

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Toni K. Thayer is a writer in many disciplines. Her plays include The Floating Dolls, Ten in One, and Angst:84, along with a 10-minute play, Kali’s Beautiful Secret, and contributions to collaborative play projects Seven Ages, This Vicious Cabaret, and Cole Cuts. Her work has been commissioned by Cleveland’s Talespinner Children’s Theater, Great Lakes Theater, and Dobama Theatre’s Night Kitchen project. Ms. Thayer was also a founding member (1995-2000) of Cleveland's Red Hen Productions, where she performed a number of functions, from actress to costumer, reading series curator, and board member.

In addition to her writing for theater, Ms. Thayer's fiction and nonfiction has been published locally and nationally in venues such as Edible Cleveland, MUSE, Angle, Umbrella Factory, Northern Ohio Live, RH Reality Check, and on WCPN 90.3, and she maintains a casual blog called Shiny Things at She has won awards from The LIT, the Cleveland Press Club, the Ohio Society for Professional Journalists, and the Plain Dealer. Ms. Thayer was a theater critic and editor for the Cleveland Free Times from 1996-2001. Since then, she has served in a variety of other editorial, educational, and nonprofit management roles. Currently, she teaches Upper School English and Creative Writing at Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, and aspires to play piano.

Ms. Thayer studied acting and dramatic literature at Ohio University, Sarah Lawrence College, and the City College of the City University of New York before receiving a BA in English and History and an MA in English Literature from Cleveland State University. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing/Fiction from Goddard College in 2009.

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