Sibyl Kempson

Resident Playwright

2010 -- 2017

Sibyl Kempson lives and makes theater plays in NYC and the Pocono Mountains. Her plays have been presented at Dixon Place, Soho Rep, Performance Space 122, The Chocolate Factory, New York Live Arts, the Fusebox Festival in Austin, TX, the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, the Great Plains Theater Conference in Omaha, and Theater Bonn in Germany, and have been developed in workshops in the CATCH! Performance Series, Little Theater, and at New Dramatists. She is a 2010 MacDowell Colony Fellow, a member of New Dramatists class of ‘17, a 2013-14 McKnight National Resident and Commissionee, 2013-14 recipient of the Virginia B. Toulmin commission through New York Theatre Workshop, and a four-time recipient of Dixon Place’s Mondo Cane! Commission (2002, '07, '09, '11). She is a founding member of the Joyce Cho Initiative, an affinity of playwrights dedicated to the staging of problem plays, and of Machiqq Women's Auxiliary playwriting group. She earned an MFA in Playwriting from Brooklyn College, 2007, where she studied under the instigation of Mac Wellman. Her plays are published by the 53rd State Press (Crime or Emergency, in Joyce Cho Plays, Zeit af der KürbisGeistNachten, and a double volume with Ich KürbisGeist & The Secret Death of Puppets); PLAY Journal of Plays (Potatoes of August); and PAJ (Restless Eye, a collaboration with David Neumann and Advanced Beginner Group).

Current, recent, and upcoming projects include: Big Dance Theater’s production of her play Ich KürbisGeist at New York Live Arts and the Chocolate Factory and also by Red Eye Theater in Minneapolis; a commission for a new work in collaboration with Elevator Repair Service called Fondly, Collette Richland to premier in NYC in Fall 2015; a New Dramatists/Full Stage USA commission for a new work in collaboration with Austin, TX groups Rude Mechs and Salvage Vanguard called From the Pig Pile: The Requisite Gesture(s) of Narrow Approach to premiere at the Fusebox Festival in April 2014; The Securely Conferred, Vouchsafed Keepsakes of Maery S., for the McKnight National Residency and Commission, and an adaptation of Ibsen's The Wild Duck called Kyckling and Screaming to be developed in collaboration with Sarah Benson at New York Theatre Workshop. Red Eye Theater will also close their 2013-14 season with a production of her play Potatoes of August.

ND Activity
  • Full Stage USA

    Full Stage USA

    Full Stage USA is forging new partnerships with five producing theatres or networks of producing theatres across the country. Each partnership is designed to commission a writer to create a new script; provide one to two years of writer-driven support and Lab work at New Dramatists; culminate in a full production staged with the partner theatre; and support future productions and the play's continued life. The partners are Cornerstone Theater Company, the National New Play Network, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Yale Rep, and a network of alternative theatres in Austin. Each project is funded through a lead grant from the Andew W. Mellon Foundation.

Playwright Buzz

February 19, 2015

7 Daughters of Eve launch ceremony Monday, April 6th at CUNY Segal Center

Afternoon and evening retrospective and readings of future work to launch Sibyl Kempson's new performance company, 7 Daughters of Eve Thtr. & Perf. Co.

February 19, 2015

LET US NOW PRAISE SUSAN SONTAG to open April 28 at Abrons Arts Center, NYC

The inaugural production of Sibyl Kempson's new performance company, 7 Daughters of Eve Thtr. & Perf. Co.

An irrational musical contemplation of the ethical pitfalls in the collision of art and journalism.
This is a story of an extended family of sharecroppers mired in desperate poverty, who are visited, interviewed and photographed by two live-in reporters from the “big city.”

January 6, 2015

LET US NOW PRAISE SUSAN SONTAG reading at ND Fri 1/9 3pm

Let Us Now Praise Susan Sontag
written and directed by Sibyl Kempson
composed by Ashley Turba
musical direction by Gavin Price
dramaturgy by Jody McAuliffe

October 26, 2014

Baker, Jacobs-Jenkins, Kempson, Posner & Washburn at CUNY Segal Center on Thurs 10/30!

RE: (no subject): An Ongoing Conversation between Playwrights - 6:30pm

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March 31, 2014

Full Stage USA Austin commission FROM THE PIG PILE: THE REQUISITE GESTURE(S) OF NARROW APPROACH opens April 3 at Salvage Vanguard Theater in Austin, TX.

Directed by Jenny Larson and Shawn Sides.

Performances run April 3rd- 19th 2014

April 3rd -13th Thursday- Sunday night at 8pm
April 17th- 18th at 8pm and April 19th at 7pm as part of the Fusebox Festival

Tickets at

An interactive journey across a vast landscape of associated histories, FROM THE PIG PILE features original music by Graham Reynolds, puppetry by Connor Hopkins, dancing, marauding by Todd London, a Yeahoh sighting and enough champagne for everyone.

January 24, 2014


Still at 3pm, at New York Theatre Workshop.
79 East 4th Street, NYC
Third Floor.

KYCKLING AND SCREAMING is an adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's THE WILD DUCK, takes place in the faux-forested attic that we never see in Ibsen's play, and is told from a Strindbergian-Hamsunian perspective. Please note: the word "kyckling" is Swedish for "chicken."

January 9, 2014

From the Pig Pile: The Requisite Gesture(s) of Narrow Approach

FROM THE PIG PILE opens April 3, 2014 at Salvage Vanguard Theater in Austin, TX.
Check out the trailer:

(Yes, that is Todd London.)

November 3, 2013

ICH, KüRBISGEIST at New York Live Arts thru Nov 9!

Big Dance Theater's production returns by demand of the populace, this year to New York Live Arts (formerly DTW).
Through Saturday November 9th - tickets still available for some shows! Don't miss the fuggly goodness.
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January 2, 2012

New Work with Elevator Repair Service

Sibyl Kempson begins work on a new collaboration with Elevator Repair Service Theater in January.
There will be three presentations of their progress on Saturday, March 3 at 2pm, and on Sunday, March 4 at 2pm and 7pm. Location TBD. More info to come!

Contact Info

c/o Antje Oegel
AO International
540 President Street 2E
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(917) 521-6640

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