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Cori Thomas

Resident Playwright

2015 — 2024

Cori Thomas is a playwright and actress. Her plays include LOCKDOWN (upcoming production at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, NYC); When January Feels Like Summer (World Premiere at City Theatre, Pittsburgh; Performances at EST/Page73/Women's Project in NYC; Mosaic Theater Co., D.C.); Citizens Market (World Premiere also at City Theatre, Pittsburgh; Underground Railway Theater, Cambridge, MA); The Princess, The Breast, and, The Lizard; The Unusual Love Life of Bedbugs and Other Creatures; My Secret Language of Wishes (Various theaters and University productions including Mixed Blood, MN); and the Liberian Legacy Trilogy--Pa’s Hat (Pillsbury House Theatre, MN); Flight 109; and In The Beginning. Short plays: Waking Up, His Daddy, and The Hair Play. Cori’s plays have been developed and produced at New Dramatists; O'Neill National Playwrights Conference; Sundance Theatre Lab; Bogliasco Foundation; Baryshnikov Arts Center; Goodman Theatre, City Theatre Co.; Momentum; Page 73; Playwrights Horizons; Lark Play Development Center; Ensemble Studio Theatre; Going To The River; Pillsbury House Theatre; Rattlestick Playwrights Theater; Mixed Blood Theatre; Penumbra Theatre; Passage Theatre; The Playwrights Realm; New Federal Theatre; New Georges, The Black Rep (St. Louis); The New Black Fest; and National Black Theatre. Cori has been commissioned by South Coast Rep; The Sloan Foundation, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater; The Working Theater; NYSCA, EST, and Pillsbury House Theatre. Publications: When January Feels Like Summer (Dramatic Publishing): Waking Up (Viking Press, Plays for Two); His Daddy (Smith and Kraus, Best Short Plays 2010); When January Feels Like Summer (Smith and Kraus, selections for monologue and scene anthologies). Among other projects, Cori is contracted to write a screenplay for HBO Films. Cori is founder of The Pa's Hat Foundation a 501(c)3 non profit helping former child soldiers and other under-served citizens in Liberia, West Africa with education and employment opportunities.