I'm Tré Calhoun.

I am an artist — a researcher of language and life through the stage and through technology. A second-year MFA candidate in Playwriting at Columbia University School of the Arts.
Current residence: New York
BA, MEng: Cornell University.

I write physically active plays that explore the everyday, escapism, and tragedy; social justice narratives with curiosity around healing the Millennial generation and preparing for the future.

I also act. You can find information on my plays and acting experience on this website.

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Short Lives
A play in ten minutes

As part of Northwest Playwrights Alliance and University of Idaho's NorthNorthwest, the play will receive readings at the Seattle Repertory Theatre, University of Idaho, and other regional locations Fall 2019. Selected plays will be published as a collection.

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A play in one act

A new pay about love and betrayal when you don’t have a home. When you’ve lost everything in your life, people become more important than ever. They’ll give you a hand in life or take it from you.

Commissioned by Mirror Stage as part of “Expand Upon: Homelessness,” "Hand" will premiere October 5-13, 2019.

A solo rap musical in one act

Who will step forward...
Ever feel like everything is possible and nothing at all? Brayton does. He's 25, his best friend just got married, and now he's alone. Primed for a new adventure, Brayton travels across the U.S. over 10 winters yearning for a reason to stop running. Journeying through fake friends, lost pets, love battles, and technology of the future, "25–35" bravely tears into the taboo subject of loneliness that plagues Americans, particularly men. Before he steps out on the ice, Brayton must decide how much of himself he can give to others—in this rap musical with one performer.

Music, Lyrics, Book, & Performance by Tré Calhoun. First recording on SoundCloud

"25–35" premiered at Theatre Off Jackson January 17-20, 2019.


A play in two acts

Alex sits on top of the world after graduating as a social scientist, freed from the failures of his past. Then his girlfriend dies after he drunkenly feeds her poison oak, and a demon begins to haunt him. As Alex spirals downward, he assembles a crew of friends to accompany him on a high-stakes quest for liberation. But Alex isn’t the only one dealing with a demon. Will his friends’ secrets doom the mission? Is there a superpower that can eradicate fear and shame?

"Superpowers" premiered with a Parley workshop production on October 9, 2018.


The Other Town
A play in two acts

Dec has a unique power: he can swap places with himself 30 years in the future. But as his idealism combats an eerie feeling that his wife is cheating on him, Dec finds himself lost in the ambiguities of present and future society—and lost between his half black/half white ethnicity. Dec must wake up and regain his stability before society cheats him too, in this Our Town-inspired play of tomorrow.

"The Other Town" premiered with a Parley workshop production on August 15, 2017.


American Archipelago
A play in two acts

Welcome to a quaint little neighborhood called the United States of America. Upscale and working class, where suburban streets wind through packed city blocks, this neighborhood feels like a community - and a powder keg. The collage of stories examines the daily joys and heartaches of being an American today.

"American Archipelago" was the joint writing effort of Holly Arsenault, Kelleen C. Blachard, Tré Calhoun, Vincent Delaney, Brendan Healy, Maggie Lee, Sara Porkalob, and Seayoung Yim. It premiered with Pony World Theatre at 12th Ave Arts from July 12 - August 12, 2017.


The Black Eye Society: A Cycle
A semi-musical in one act

Some are lucky enough to find Happily Ever After. For everyone else, there’s THE BLACK EYE SOCIETY. This cycle of short, perilous plays explores the damaged relationships of good-natured people. With bruised eyes, it’s tough to see when others are hurting too.

This cycle contains 4 short plays, narrated with original music

"The Black Eye Society: A Cycle" premiered at Theatre4 from March 23 - April 1, 2017 as part of the Seattle Fringe Festival.


Lemonade: For Us By Us
A Beyoncé adaptation in ten minutes

Beyoncé's Lemonade visual album is a concept piece about infidelity and being black in America. But is there more to it? How do these two elements intersect?

"Lemonade: For Us By Us" examines a failing amorous relationship and a failing relationship with one's nation—and asks, "How much abuse does it take to realize your union isn't good enough?"

"Lemonade: For Us By Us" premiered in Parley Productions' Short Shorts Festival December 16-17, 2016 at 12th Ave Arts.

Building and Removing Planes
A play in ten minutes

Timid Lani wants to start something new with Nick, who is preoccupied with death in his personal life. Will the two ever find real connection, as they interact with one another as avatars in a video game world?

"Building and Removing Planes" premiered at Midnight Sun from October 14 - October 22, 2016 as part of the the IPOP Festival with Theater Artists Olympia. More info here.

Dirt + Dew
A play in one act

College-dropout John masks himself in mud to court Harvard-grad Memory—but no one told him that his new friend is hiding a dark secret… As tales of sasquatches are told and someone exercises nearby, we start to think: what are these Millennials doing in the woods alone? And will they make it out alive?

"Dirt + Dew" premiered at Eclectic Theater from February 26 - March 5, 2016 as part of the Seattle Fringe Festival.

"Dirt + Dew" has been remodeled into a two-act play, titled: "Reason's Fear." View a sample of the play here.


The Black Eye Society
A play in ten minutes

Maggie and Marco lyrically bludgeon each other over their marital issues, his sexuality, and her promiscuity, in this Musical Chairs-inspired power struggle.

A staged reading of "The Black Eye Society" took place April 11, 2016 at Seattle Repertory Theatre with the Northwest Playwrights Alliance.

View a sample of the play here.



Please contact me if you are interested in working with me or producing one of my plays.

Email: tre.calhoun64 at gmail dot com


Select images. For more roles, visit my résumé here.


Walker Lewis, Frederick Wormley | Taproot Theatre, WA

November 24 - December 30, 2017. More info here.



Harpo | Washington Theatre Ensemble, 12th Ave Arts, WA

More info here.



Beshrum | Forward Flux Productions, Gay City Arts, WA



Bork / Robbie | Book-It Repertory Theatre, Center Theatre, WA



Leonard Vole | Little Theatre Off Broadway, OH


A PEOPLE (2013)

Daniel / Heschel / Bride | Cornell Schwartz Center, Mainstage, NY


NO EXIT (2011)

Cradeau Doppelganger | Cornell Schwartz Center, Mainstage, NY



Notary | Cornell Schwartz Center, Mainstage, NY