Sylvan Oswald

Alumni Playwright

2009 -- 2016

Sylvan Oswald is an interdisciplinary artist who creates plays, texts, publications, and video. Trained as a playwright, he uses metatheatricality and formal irreverence to explore the ways we construct our identities. Sylvan’s plays include A Kind of Weather (Diversionary Theater, San Diego 2020), Sun Ra (Joe’s Pub), Profanity (Undermain Theater, Dallas), Nightlands (New Georges), Pony (About Face Theater, Chicago), and Vendetta Chrome (Clubbed Thumb). Other projects include Trainers, a theatrical essay; Play A Journal of Plays (2003-2011); Outtakes, a web series; and High Winds, a live performance based on his artist’s book of the same name (X Artists’ Books, 2017). Honors include a 2019 Guggenheim Fellowship, the Thom Thomas Award for Playwriting from the Dramatists’ Guild Fund, the Hellman Fellowship from UCLA, the Rosati Fellowship from the Rubinstein Library at Duke University, the Dorothy Strelsin Playwriting Fellowship from Soho Rep, a Jerome Fellowship from The Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis, as well as residencies at Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, and Sundance/Ucross. He is an assistant professor of playwriting at UCLA and an alumnus of New Dramatists. @sylvanoswald sylvanoswald.xyz

ND Activity
  • Board of Directors

    Board of Directors

    Each fiscal year four current resident playwrights are appointed to the Board of Directors by the Writers' Executive Committee. The playwright board members enjoy full voting and decision-making powers minus the financial requirements of non-playwright directors. They provide a valuable and artist-centered perspective on the governance of New Dramatists.

  • 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 NYC

    Full Stage NYC

    In 2009, New Dramatists launched Full Stage NYC with major support from the New York Theater Subdistrict Council and Time Warner. Full Stage NYC paired three ND playwrights with three of New York's most adventurous theatre companies to develop a play at ND and have it produced by the theatre: Sylvan Oswald with New Georges, Jordan Harrison with NAATCO, and Daniel Alexander Jones with Soho Rep.

  • Whitfield Cook Award

    Whitfield Cook Award

    The Whitfield Cook Award goes to one New Dramatists playwright each year for an unproduced, unpublished play deemed worthiest by an outside panel of judges. The purpose of the award is to provide financial assistance to New Dramatists resident playwrights to encourage and reward their talents in the art of playwriting.

  • Writers' Executive Committee

    Writers' Executive Committee

    The Writers' Executive Committee is a voluntary grouping of resident playwrights who meet throughout the year to discuss and make decisions concerning the work of New Dramatists and to help guide the organization.

Playwright Buzz

November 1, 2013

SUN RA Visitation Series at Joe's Pub 11/14 9:30pm

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

September 30, 2013

Sylvan Oswald's new web series: OUTTAKES

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.

August 21, 2013

PROFANITY World Premiere

The Undermain Theatre in Dallas, TX will premiere PROFANITY this fall 9/12-10/12.

Contact Info

c/o New Dramatists
424 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
(212) 757-6960
(212) 265-4738 fax
newdramatists@newdramatists.org
sylvanoswald@gmail.com

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