Kristoffer Diaz

Resident Playwright

2011 -- 2018

Kristoffer Diaz is a 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: 2011 New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award; finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama; winner, 2011 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play; winner, 2011 OBIE Award, Best New American Play; and the inaugural Gail Merrifield Papp Fellowship from The Public Theater (2011). 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.

He has written short work for the 24 Hour Musicals and the 24 Hour Plays on Broadway. Kristoffer was one of the creators of Brink!, the apprentice anthology show at the 2009 Humana Festival of New American Plays. He is a playwright-in-residence at Teatro Vista; a resident playwright at New Dramatists; a co-founder of the Unit Collective (Minneapolis); the creator of the #freescenes project; and a recipient of the Jerome Fellowship, the Future Aesthetics Artist Regrant and the Van Lier Fellowship (New Dramatists). 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.

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  • 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.

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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