Jen Silverman

Resident Playwright

2015 -- 2022

Jen’s theatre work includes: The Roommate (Humana Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Steppenwolf, South Coast Rep, and Long Wharf among others); Collective Rage: A Play In 5 Betties (Woolly Mammoth, Southwark Playhouse in London, Boston Court in LA, and MCC); The Moors (Yale Rep, The Playwrights Realm, Red Stitch in Melbourne, and Seymour Center in Sydney); Dangerous House (Williamstown Theatre Festival and InterAct Theatre in an earlier iteration); and Witch (Writers Theatre and the Geffen).

Jen is a member of New Dramatists, an affiliated artist with The Playwrights Center, New Georges, and SPACE on Ryder Farm, and has developed work with the O’Neill, New York Theatre Workshop, Playpenn, The Ground Floor Residency at Berkeley Rep, and the Royal Court in London among other places. She’s a two-time MacDowell fellow, recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts grant, a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Fellowship, the Yale Drama Series Award, the Helen Merrill Award, two Steinberg Citations, and a Lilly Award. She was the 2016-2017 Playwrights of New York (PoNY) Fellow at the Lark.

Random House recently published her first book, The Island Dwellers, a collection of interlinked stories; her first novel is forthcoming with them in 2021. Jen also writes for TV and film, most recently on Netflix’s Tales of the City. Education: Brown, Iowa Playwrights Workshop, Juilliard. More info: www.jensilverman.com

ND Activity
  • Admissions Town Hall Meeting

    Admissions Town Hall Meeting

    Monday, July 7, 4-5:30pm

    Discover New Dramatists' philosophy, what we offer, what we ask of our Resident Playwrights, and who can apply for residency. Live demonstration on how to apply online. Learn the nuts-and-bolts of how the selection process works, what and how to submit application materials, along with detailed information on 2014-2015 procedural changes, and special lessons we learned from last year. Madeleine George, Class of 2017, will be joined by New Dramatists' staff members: Todd London, Emily Morse, John Steber, Morgan Allen, and Rachel Hutt to discuss the admissions process.

    The Admissions Town Hall Meeting is open and free to prospective applicants. Please Call (212) 757-6960 for Reservations.

    For those of you who do not live in the NYC area, or cannot make the meeting at our building, we will be live streaming the meeting on HowlRound TV and taking questions via Twitter. Follow @NewDramatists and be sure to put the hashtag “#newplay” in your tweets.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Contact Info

Representation:
Rachel Viola
United Talent Agency
888 7th Avenue, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10106
violar@unitedtalent.com
+1 (212) 500-3213

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