Kristoffer Diaz

Resident Playwright

2011 -- 2018

Kristoffer Diaz is a New Dramatists resident playwright and educator living and working in Brooklyn. Full-length titles include The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, Welcome to Arroyo’s, The Upstairs Concierge, and The Unfortunates. Awards: New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award; finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama; winner, Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play; winner, OBIE Award, Best New American Play; the inaugural Gail Merrifield Papp Fellowship from The Public Theater; Guggenheim, Jerome, and Van Lier Fellowships; Future Aesthetics Artist Regrant. His work has been produced, commissioned, and developed at The Public Theater, Dallas Theater Center, Geffen Playhouse, Center Theatre Group, The Goodman, Second Stage, Victory Gardens, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, American Theater Company, The Atlantic, InterAct, Mixed Blood, The Orchard Project, Hip-Hop Theater Festival, The Lark, Summer Play Festival, Donmar Warehouse, and South Coast Repertory, among many others. Kristoffer holds a BA from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, an MFA from NYU’s Department of Dramatic Writing, and an MFA from Brooklyn College’s Performing Arts Management program. He teaches playwriting at Columbia and NYU.

ND Activity
  • Board of Directors

    Board of Directors

    Each fiscal year four current resident playwrights are appointed to the Board of Directors by the Writers' Executive Committee. The playwright board members enjoy full voting and decision-making powers minus the financial requirements of non-playwright directors. They provide a valuable and artist-centered perspective on the governance of New Dramatists.

  • Creativity Fund

    Creativity Fund

    The Creativity Fund blends the flexibility of a one-day play reading with the intensive focus of a two-week workshop, providing ten to fifteen playwrights per year the opportunity to program three to five day workshops on an ad hoc basis. Creativity Fund workshops are structured according to each writer's needs at any stage of development and are funded through a lead grant from the Andew W. Mellon Foundation.

  • Nocturnal Commissions

    Nocturnal Commissions

    Nocturnal Commissions is a marathon evening of instant theatre, New Dramatists style. First, the opportunity to commission new plays by New Dramatists resident and alumni playwrights is auctioned to the highest bidder; second, the writer and their winning bidder meet for a lightning-fast commission; third, each writer has about 20 minutes to create a new short theatre piece, monologue, or song; fourth, the plays are rehearsed upstairs while the audience has dinner downstairs; and last, all the evening's commissioned pieces are presented by a first-rate company of actors and directors.

  • Pen & Swill

    Pen & Swill

    Pen & Swill is a catch-all phrase for events designed to stimulate discussion among the resident playwright company on artistic and professional issues. Some are private-just for resident writers-most are open to the public, and they almost always include drinks and snacks.

  • Van Lier Fellowship

    Van Lier Fellowship

    The Van Lier Fellowships award a two-year residency at New Dramatists to three emerging writers of exceptional talent. Open to writers from underrepresented backgrounds, this program offers professional exposure, artistic development, and community involvement at New Dramatists.

  • Writers' Executive Committee

    Writers' Executive Committee

    The Writers' Executive Committee is a voluntary grouping of resident playwrights who meet throughout the year to discuss and make decisions concerning the work of New Dramatists and to help guide the organization.

Playwright Buzz

May 1, 2012

Playwriting Class in NYC 6/30/12

I'll be teaching a brand new class this summer in New York as part of the Samuel French Institute. More information below and here.

THE PLAY ONLY YOU CAN WRITE
with Kristoffer Diaz

Saturday June 30th 2PM-5PM Admission $90

December 29, 2011

"CHAD DEITY" fight director profiled

(from http://www.scrippsnews.com/node/66374)

Marquez lends his expertise to the theater

A critically acclaimed play is tackling racism and the trappings of stardom in pro wrestling.

Pablo Marquez can personally relate on both accounts.

December 21, 2011

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity in Boca Raton

Caldwell Theatre Company has announced casting for its upcoming production of The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, to run January 8-February 12. Clive Cholerton will direct.

Kristoffer Diaz's Pulitzer Prize finalist play The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity dives into the worlds of both professional wrestling and geopolitics.
The cast will feature Adam Bashian (Vigneshwar Paduar), Donte Bonner (Chad Deity), Brandon Morris (Macedonio Guerra), and Gregg Weiner (Everett K. Olson).

December 15, 2011

CHAD DEITY published!

I've been waiting for this moment for a long time.

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity has now officially been published by Samuel French.

Contact Info

Derek Zasky
William Morris Endeavor Entertainment
1325 Avenue of the Americas
212.903.1396
dzasky@wmeentertainment.com

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