Halley Feiffer playing Emily in the Huntington Theatre Company’s production of Third by Wendy Wasserstein, at the BU Theatre during the 2007–2008 season.
|Born||(1984-11-20) November 20, 1984|
|Education||Wesleyan University (2007)|
|Relatives||Jules Feiffer (father)|
Early life and education
Feiffer was raised in a Jewish family, the daughter of famed satirist and cartoonist Jules Feiffer, and writer, actor, and comedian Jenny Allen. Feiffer graduated from Wesleyan University in 2007.
Feiffer’s work as a playwright has been produced off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theater Company, the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and the Cherry Lane Theatre. Her play, I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard broke box office records for the Atlantic Theater Company‘s Stage 2 space, and was a Time Out New York Critics Pick. It received its UK premiere in March 2017 at the Finborough Theatre, London.
Her play, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York City, premiered at MCC Theater in Spring 2016. The play starred Beth Behrs, Erik Lochtefeld, Jacqueline Sydney, and Lisa Emery. The play was a NYT Critic’s Pick.
Feiffer won the National Young Playwrights’ Contest in 2002  and the Lotos Foundation Award for Playwriting in 2015. She was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award (the John Gassner Playwriting Award) for her play, I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard, in 2015.
Her plays have been produced, commissioned and developed by Manhattan Theater Club, Second Stage Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, LAByrinth Theater Company, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Cape Cod Theatre Project, Partial Comfort Productions and the Amoralists. She holds commissions from Manhattan Theater Club, Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and Playwrights Horizons. Her work is published by Dramatists Play Service, Overlook Press, Vintage Books, Applause Books, Samuel French and Smith & Kraus.
She has performed off-Broadway in subUrbia, Election Day, None of the Above, Still Life, Some Americans Abroad, Tigers Be Still, (for which she was nominated for a Drama League Award), Kenneth Lonergan‘s Medieval Play and Ethan Coen‘s Women or Nothing.
In April 2011, she made her Broadway debut in The House of Blue Leaves starring Ben Stiller, Edie Falco and Jennifer Jason Leigh, directed by David Cromer, for which she won a Theatre World Award.
In 2017, The Geffen Playhouse will present the West Coast premiere of a “A Funny Thing…” in the fall as a part of their 2017-18 season in Los Angeles.
Feiffer’s world premiere of her new play, Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow, a contemporary adaptation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters, will be a part of Williamstown Theatre Festival 2017 summer season (July 26-August 6). The production will be directed by Trip Cullman, and star Rebecca Henderson, Ryan Spahn, and Tony nominees Cristin Milioti, Thomas Sadoski, Micah Stock.
Television and film
As an actress, Feiffer’s film credits include Kenneth Lonergan‘s You Can Count on Me, Stephanie Daley, Noah Baumbach‘s The Squid and the Whale and Margot at the Wedding, Oren Moverman‘s The Messenger, Jared Hess‘s Gentlemen Broncos, Jeff Lipsky’s Twelve Thirty, Todd Haynes‘ HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce, Desiree Akhavan‘s Appropriate Behavior, and Sasha Gordon’s It Had to Be You alongside Cristin Milioti.
She also guest-starred on the HBO show Flight of the Conchords in the Season Two episode “Wingmen“, and has guest-starred on Ugly Betty, The Good Wife, Law & Order, Torchwood and Royal Pains. She had a recurring role in the third and final season of Jonathan Ames‘ cult HBO series Bored to Death as Ted Danson‘s character’s recovering alcoholic daughter Emily.
Additionally, Feiffer starred in the 2013 film He’s Way More Famous Than You, directed by Michael Urie, which she co-wrote with Ryan Spahn and executive produced. She also co-created and stars in the 2015 Stage17.tv web series “What’s Your Emergency?”, the first season of which was directed by Urie.