F. J. Hartland started writing plays when Santa Claus brought him a typewriter for Christmas when he was thirteen. Since then, he has earned an MFA in playwriting from Carnegie Mellon University, won the Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival twice, and made a record-setting seventeen appearances in the Pittsburgh New Works Festival, winning best play four times. He has been published by Concord Theatricals, United Stages, Original Works, and The Louisville Review. In 2008, he was the recipient of a playwriting fellowship from the Pittsburgh Council on the Arts. Also, he has been a member of Actors Equity Association since 1991.