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 feature comedy about a traffic cop flung into the middle of a futuristic war, won the 2011 Kay Snow Award in Screenwriting, and Eightball, a dramatic short film noir, was a finalist in the Pavaline Short Screenplay competition.
Produced works include 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.
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 50 produced plays, with productions across the US and in Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America. He has twice won the Joining Sword and Pen competition, and was a finalist for the Woodward/Newman Drama Award, and a two time semi-finalist for the O'Neill Conference. In 2016, he was featured artist at the 24th Last Frontier Theatre Conference.
His published plays include A Gulag Mouse, Trash, Past Curfew, Long Joan Silver, The Christmas Princess, The Four Senses of Love, How Blue is My Crocodile, Snakes in a Lunchbox, Moby (No Last Name Given), A Grain of Salt, Past Saturn, What the Well Dressed Girl is Wearing, Bath Time is Fun Time, and two collections of short plays Guilty Moments and Thin Lines. Other produced plays include Of Rats and Men, Christmas Spirit, The Secret of Jarlsberg, Mopping the Stage, If You Could Go Back, and the NPR radio play Thicker than Water.
Jolly is a member of the WGA, The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, and The Dramatists Guild and is repped by The Brant Rose Agency.