Resident Playwright2010 -- 2017
James McManus, a resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2010, grew up in a decaying steel mill town near Pittsburgh. He did not read or see a play until he was old enough to order a drink and is still not sure how this all happened. James is the author of six plays: Dorothy 6, Bulldog Whiskey, Underground, Cherry Smoke, Over/Under and Blood Potato. His plays have been developed and performed at The Clockwork Theatre, Glass Umbrella Creative (Sydney), Gurnet Theatre Project, The Kennedy Center, The BE Company, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company, The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Barebones Productions, Irish Repertory Theatre, Son of Semele, The Side Project Theatre Company, The Lark Play Development Center, The Inkwell, Diverse City Theater Company, and the August Wilson Center for African American Culture. James was the recipient of the 2006 Princess Grace Award in Playwriting for Cherry Smoke, which is published by Samuel French. He received an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University and lives in Queens with his wife and dog.