Abigail hails from the small town of Kelley, Iowa. In 2007, she left the sleeper-town lifestyle to attend college in the (to her) metropolis of Des Moines, Iowa where she majored in Theatre Directing. She found a talent in directing actors and found a thrill in discovering comedic timing in a scene, but her focus took another direction after her freshman year.
In the summer of 2008, she took a playwriting class to fulfill an English credit at the local community college. She fell in love. She studied Simon with pure bliss, and found a passion for Restoration Comedy. After graduating with her Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree in Directing in 2011, she knew her time in the classroom wasn't finished. She completed her Master's of Fine Arts degree in Writing for Stage and Screen in 2019, focusing on family drama, while also writing children's picture books.
She has a strong will for the local artists in the Midwest, and is always looking to network with new, emerging writers. She is currently focusing on issues regarding social justice for those that need a voice, and educational subjects for a youth-based audience.
Abigail is proud member of The Dramatists Guild of America & International Thespian Society. She owns and operates Ackley Editing Services, which focuses on editing and proofreading performing arts pieces, children's books, and essays. She also serves at the Director of Project Development with Aksarben Creative (Omaha, Nebraska).
She and her family reside in Ralston, Nebraska.
MFA, Writing for Stage & Screen, 2019
BFA, Theatre Directing, 2011
The Open First Theatre Company,
Los Angeles, February 2018
World Premiere, Omaha, NE
August 9, 2018
How the Apollon Showed Seuss, or Stacks
Apollon Art Space, Omaha, Nebraska, September 2016
GNU Journal, Spring 2018
A Very Important Date (The Apollon Art Space)