Isley is an American-born, London-based playwright and poet. She is a graduate of the Royal Court Young Writers Programme (2012) and Royal Court Invitation Studio Group (2013) and was a Creative Associate of the Soho Theatre Young Company from 2011-2012. Her work has been supported by writing programmes at the National Theatre Studio and Cottesloe Theatre, Hightide Bootcamp, Lyric Hammersmith, the Tricycle, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Ovalhouse, Criterion theatre and the Orange Tree Theatre.
Most recently, Isley’s monologue What’s So Specialwas performed as part of at The Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs. Isley received Special Commendation from the 2012 Soho Young Writers Award and won first place for two Editor’s Briefs (IdeasTap) with the poems and Her critically acclaimed debut play LEAN enjoyed an extended run at the Tristan Bates Theatre (2013) and her play SKIN A CATwas showcased as part of the IdeasTap Takeover:Love at Rich Mix (2014). She is the 2014 winner at The Space with BRIGHT NIGHTS and was twice-named Champion of Literary Death Match (Norfolk and Norwich Festival and The Book Club, London)Her short play Sleight Of Hand for BARE truth Theatre’s was performed at Theatre503, Arcola theatre and Gate theatre in 2014, and her newest play TETHERwill run at the Underbelly - Big Belly space for the duration of the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.