Karinne Keithley Syers
Resident Playwright2015 -- 2022
Karinne Keithley Syers is a writer and creator of interdisciplinary performance. Plays include Another Tree Dance (Chocolate Factory, 2013), Do Not Do this Ever Again (Ice Factory, 2008), Tenderenda (Danspace Project, 2005), Four Fruits (Surf Reality, 2000), and Montgomery Park, or Opulence (Incubator Arts Project, 2010), for which she won a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for Outstanding Production. She was a fellow at The MacDowell Colony, a member of the SoHo Rep Writer/Director Lab, a two-time member of Puppet Lab at St. Ann’s Warehouse, and is very grateful to be a member of New Dramatists. She founded 53rd State Press, home to her editorial experiments as a participant-historian of the downtown performance community. She co-founded Ur, a dance palace (2003-5), instigated the playwright think tank Joyce Cho, and co-hosted (with Jason Grote) the Acousmatic Theater Hour on WFMU. She collaborated as a performer, librettist, sound and video designer, and choreographer, with artists including Big Dance Theater, David Neumann, Young Jean Lee, Sibyl Kempson, Theater of a Two Headed Calf, Chris Yon, The Civilians, and Talking Band. She is currently completing her first documentary film with Jennie MaryTai Liu. MFA in Playwriting, Brooklyn College (2006); PhD in English, CUNY Graduate Center (2014).