Alumni Playwright2009 -- 2016
Sylvan Oswald is a transgender theater artist who creates plays, texts, and publications. His plays are often set in Philadelphia, his hometown. Sylvan is the author of Sex Play, Cleopatra, Profanity, Nightlands, Sun Ra, Pony, Vendetta Chrome, and Painful Adventures. Collaborations include text for puppet-theater artist Dan Hurlin’s Disfarmer at St. Ann’s Warehouse, Zoetrope with composer/director Alec Duffy and designer Mimi Lien, and text for composer Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum. Sylvan is a resident playwright at New Dramatists and the recipient of a Six Points Fellowship, the Dorothy B. Strelsin Playwriting Fellowship at Soho Rep, a Jerome Fellowship from The Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis, a Thurber House Playwriting Fellowship from The Ohio State University, and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Millay Colony for the Arts, and the Dramatists Guild. Sylvan’s plays have been produced by Undermain Theatre, About Face Theatre, Clubbed Thumb, and New Georges. His work has been workshopped or developed with Playwrights Horizons, The Foundry Theatre, Hangar Theatre, McCarter Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, Portland Center Stage, Soho Rep and Page 73 Production’s I73 Writing Group, among others. Sylvan created Play A Journal of Plays with Jordan Harrison and has had his writing published in The Best American Non-Required Reading 2014, PAJ, and The Brooklyn Rail. Sylvan is an assistant professor of playwriting at UCLA and a resident playwright at New Dramatists.
Sylvan's play SUN RA transforms into an explosive live jazz concert at Joe's Pub. The showcase will help him develop the music element of the play for an upcoming run at LaMaMa. SUN RA is the winner of the New Dramatists Whitfield Cook award! Info below:
The spirit of Sun Ra touches down in the east village! An evening of conjuration and fabulation led by director Charlotte Brathwaite
Sylvan ventures into improvisational television! Be among the very first to catch this new series - 15 episodes just posted at http://www.outtakes.squarespace.com.
The Undermain Theatre in Dallas, TX will premiere PROFANITY this fall 9/12-10/12.