A fire stunt from my earlier days.

Flying tourists into the Grand Canyon.

Danielle and I meet Oscar at the Nicholl Fellowships.

Arthur M. JollyBio for Arthur M. Jolly

WGAw Independent Writers Caucus • Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights • Dramatists Guild of America



Arthur M. Jolly was recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with a Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting for his feature comedy The Free Republic of Bobistan, about an oil rig worker who sparks an international incident when, to save a Cuban refugee, he declares the rig to be an independent country.
The Hero, a 360° Virtual Reality feature about a traffic cop flung into the middle of a futuristic war, won the Kay Snow Award in Screenwriting, a horror comedy The Working Dead was a semifinalist in the Austin Film Festival Table Read My Screenplay competition, and Eightball, a dramatic short film noir, was a finalist in the Pavaline Short Screenplay competition, and won the 2017 Hammond House International Literary Prize for a Screenplay. Eightball was shot in 2018 by Hammond House, directed by Curtis Hogarth, and is currently in post-production. Jolly also took third place in the 2018 Hammond House International Literary Prize for a Screenplay.
Produced works include Where We Disappear - which premieres in Los Angeles June 21st, 2019, based on his stage play A Gulag Mouse, about women surviving in the bunkhouse of a prison camp; and Under the Same Sky - a feature drama for Raz Entertainment (story by Tony Kamrany, screenplay by Arthur M. Jolly and Arthur McClen) about a young Aghani-American rescuing his 8 year old niece from a forced marriage; and the short film Childish Things based on his play of the same name.
In 2013, Jolly was an alternate selection for the Fox Writers Intensive. A feature version of his play A Very Modern Marriage has been optioned.

As a playwright, Jolly has penned over 60 produced plays, with productions across the US and in Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, and South America. He has won the Joining Sword and Pen competition a record three times, the Todd McNerney National Playwriting Award, and was a finalist for the Woodward/Newman Drama Award. In 2016, 2017, and 2019, he was featured artist at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference. In 2019 he was invited by Houston's Alley Theatre to participate in the inaugural Alley at Ucross Residency.
His published plays include A Gulag Mouse, The Ithaca Ladies Read Medea, Trash, Long Joan Silver, The Christmas Princess, The Four Senses of Love, Childish Things, How Blue is My Crocodile, Snakes in a Lunchbox, What the Well Dressed Girl is Wearing, Bath Time is Fun Time, Rising, Ashes, and two collections of short plays Guilty Moments and Thin Lines.
Jolly is a member of the WGA Caucus, The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, and The Dramatists Guild and is repped by Brant Rose Agency.