Carson Kreitzer

Alumni Playwright

2006 -- 2013

Carson Kreitzer's plays include The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer, SELF DEFENSE or death of some salesmen, 1:23, Flesh and the Desert, The Slow Drag (New York and London), Freakshow, Slither, Dead Wait, and Take My Breath Away, featured in BAM's 1997 Next Wave Festival. Her plays have been produced or developed by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Public Theater, The Royal Court Theatre, Guthrie Theater, Portland Center Stage, Perishable Theatre, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, Mabou Mines, Frank Theatre, Actors Gang, and Next Theatre, among others. She is currently working with composer Matt Gould on a musical inspired by art deco artist Tamara de Lempicka, commissioned by Yale Rep through Full Stage USA, a program of New Dramatists and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She is also working on Lasso of Truth, a commission for Marin Theatre and the National New Play Network, and with composer Erin Kamler on Runway 69, a musical about strippers, gentrification, and the Times Square cleanup. Grants: NEA New Play Development Program, NYFA, NYSCA, TCG, Jerome and McKnight Foundations, Loewe Award in Musical Theater, and the first Playwrights Of New York (PONY) Fellowship at The Lark Play Development Center. BA: Yale University. MFA: Michener Center for Writers, UT Austin. Ms. Kreitzer is a resident playwright at New Dramatists, an associated artist with Clubbed Thumb and New Georges, and a member of The Workhaus Collective, The Playwrights’ Center and the Dramatists Guild. Behind the Eye, her new play about surrealist muse and WWII combat photographer Lee Miller, premiered at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, directed by Mark Wing-Davey, and supported by a grant from the NEA New Play Development Program. Her collection, SELF DEFENSE and other plays, is now available from No Passport Press. More information at

ND Activity
  • Composer-Librettist Studio

    Composer-Librettist Studio

    Our annual Composer-Librettist Studio focuses simultaneously on music-theatre development and the principles of collaboration, teaming five writers with five composers and five performers to develop brand-new works of musical theatre. At the end of the Studio, each playwright has worked with each composer and 25 new music-theatre pieces have been created by the group.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Loewe Award

    Loewe Award

    The Frederick Loewe Award is an annual award (selected by an outside committee) in music-theatre given to a New Dramatists playwright and his/her composer partner for the development of a new music-theatre work.

  • 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.

Playwright Buzz

October 17, 2012

BEHIND THE EYE reading, Monday, October 22nd, at 6pm

Vogue model. Surrealist muse. Combat photographer. Gourmet cook and alcoholic. BEHIND THE EYE is a portrait of photographer Lee Miller (beautiful, brave, magnetic, impossible...) as she navigates one of the most extraordinary lives of the 20th Century.

directed by Mark Wing-Davey

featuring Rebecca Wisocky, Alan Cox, Alex Podulke, Mahira Kakkar, and James Saba

RSVP to New Dramatists: (212) 757-6960

"BEHIND THE EYE is a Playhouse stunner"-- Cincinnati Enquirer

August 3, 2012

RUNWAY 69 at Berkeley Rep Ground Floor and Santa Rosa

Erin Kamler and I just got done with two amazing weeks at Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor summer residency lab, doing a complete overhaul of RUNWAY 69, our musical about Strippers, Gentrification, and the cleanup of Times Square. We then proceeded directly to Santa Rosa, California, where it will be read as part of the Summer Repertory Theatre, housed at Santa Rosa Junior College. A truly amazing group of students is learning the music, during the "off time" from their five-play repertory schedule. August 4th, we will get to hear the new draft in its entirety. Thrilled.

February 11, 2012


Chalk Rep is producing the West Coast premiere of Carson Kreitzer's SLITHER in the historic Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, February 9th through March 4th. Tickets and information at:

December 28, 2011


Minneapolis, MN:
Carson Kreitzer's FLESH AND THE DESERT will premiere with the Workhaus Playwrights' Collective, at the Playwrights' Center, January 19-28th.

Contact Info

c/o Bruce Ostler and Mark Orsini
Bret Adams Agency
448 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
(212) 765-5630
(212) 265-2212 fax

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