Who Are the Playwrights

Lynn Rosen

Alumni Playwright

2014 — 2023

Lynn was recently named a "2022 Visionary Playwright" by Theater Masters. She writes serious comedies that reveal her affection for working-class strivers, especially women. Recent plays: The Overview Effect, a play about the race to space and the costs of scientific and spiritual risk-taking (EST/Sloan Commission); The Imperialists, a farce about a Brooklyn tea shop, British royalty/colonialism, and gentrification (Theatreworks New Works Festival, Silicon Valley, 2019); Washed Up On The Potomac, an ode to proofreaders (San Francisco Playhouse; The Pool, NYC); Legerdemain, a three-hander about connection, faith, and chain restaurants (New Georges Audrey Residency 2018); The Firebirds Take The Field, inspired by the story of the ticking girls of LeRoy, NY (EST/Sloan Commission; Rivendell Theatre, Chicago); Bernhard: A Refugee's Journey (UCSB Launch Pad commission/production). Also: Women’s Project (Apple Cove), New Georges (Goldor $ Mythyka: A Hero is Born), Working Theater (Back From The Front); Playing On Air (I Love You with Bill Irwin and Steve Boyer), Studio Theatre D.C./Willow Cabin (Nighthawks); Theatreworks (Man and Beast), ATL, EST, Baltimore Centerstage, Barrington Stage, Fault Line, New Group, Geva, New Harmony Project, SPACE, The Lark.

Current commissions: How to Build a Revolution, a new musical about Betty Friedan, Florynce Kennedy, and Helen Gurley Brown, Theatreworks Silicon Valley. Lynn is co-writing the book with Pia Wilson, music by Paula Cole. The Claudias, in which a group of forgotten women reclaim their stories, Red Bull Theater's inaugural new play commission.

Lynn recently sold a TV pilot to a major network with more in the pipeline. She's co-creator of award-winning web series Darwin, directed by Carrie Preston, and upcoming web series, Hot Air. Lynn is co-founder of The Pool, a playwright-driven, pop-up theatre company now in its third incarnation. https://www.thepoolplays.org

Lynn grew up in Gary, Indiana, has a B.A. in Theater Arts from Brandeis University, and resides in NYC.