the 10 new playwrights to watch

by contact-389 | created - 24 Nov 2011 | updated - 25 Nov 2011 | Public

New playwrights on the scene to watch!

1. Elizabeth Noel Donovan

Actress | Sunset

Elizabeth Noel Donovan, a California native, started her career in front of the camera as a print, runway and fitness model. Her background as an athlete and fitness trainer made her a natural for television hosting and commercials. While working as an actress in television, film and the stage, her...

A California native, this new playwright has a gift for witty dialogue. Her two One Acts "Thanks for Coming" and "Thanks for Waiting" will open at The Complex Hollywood in January 2012.

2. Sarah Ruhl

Writer | The New World

Sarah Ruhl is a writer, known for The New World, The Glorias: A Life on the Road and Full Body Whisper (2013).

Her adventurously theatrical plays are both entertaining and intellectually provocative.

3. David Lindsay-Abaire

Writer | Rabbit Hole

David Lindsay-Abaire was born on November 30, 1969 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He is a writer, known for Rabbit Hole (2010), Poltergeist (2015) and Rise of the Guardians (2012).

Won the pulitzer prize for "Drama Hole." A sensitive, straight forward portrait of a grieving family.

4. Neil LaBute

Writer | In the Company of Men

Acclaimed and highly discussed filmmaker Neil LaBute has made himself a force to be reckoned with and a name to watch. With his true-to-life cynical and self-absorbed characters and all-too-true social themes, he has firmly established himself as an unforgiving judge of the ugliest side of human ...

Creating dramas so unflinching they border on misanthropic. including "The Shape of Things." "Fat Pig" and "Reasons to be Pretty"

5. Moisés Kaufman

Director | The Laramie Project

Moisés Kaufman was born in 1964 in Caracas, Venezuela.

Primarily known as a director, he had a huge impact as lead writer of "The Laramie Project." Also known for "33 Variations" and "Columbinus" about the Columbine high school shootings.

6. Christopher Shinn

Writer | Four

Christopher Shinn is a writer, known for Four (2012), Brother (2006) and Open City.

This New Yorker has been racking up productions and awards through the decades and was a pulitzer nominee in 2008 for "Dying City."

7. Rebecca Gilman

Writer | Spinning Into Butter

Born in Trussville, Alabama, playwright Rebecca Gilman attended Middlebury College and is a graduate of Birmingham-Southerm College in Birmingham, Alabama. Her plays include The Glory of Living, Boy Gets Girl, and Spinning Into Butter. She is a three-time Joseph Jefferson Award-winner. The Glory of...

With a keen interest in the complexities of race relations,this Southern playwright's breakthrough was "Spinning Into Butter."

8. Gina Gionfriddo

Writer | House of Cards

Gina Gionfriddo is known for her work on House of Cards (2013), Law & Order (1990) and Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001).

Had a big success with the play "Becky Shaw," an upper class comedy and has paid her bills writing for television's "Law and Order" and "Cold Case."

9. Nilaja Sun

Actress | Madam Secretary

Nilaja Sun is an actor, playwright and teaching artist most known for her Obie award winning solo piece "No Child..." which had its initial off Broadway run at the Barrow Street Theatre from July 2006-June 2007 and was recently revived there in an extended run. For her creation and performance of ...

She rocketed to prominence as the writer and performer of a one woman show, "No Child," a hard hitting comedy about her experiences as a high school teacher.

10. Tracy Letts

Actor | Lady Bird

Tracy Letts is the son of actor Dennis Letts and best-selling author Billie Letts, of "Where The Heart Is" and "The Honk And Holler Opening Soon" fame. Tracy is also the author of the stage play "Killer Joe", which ran off-Broadway in 1998 for nine months and starred Scott Glenn, Amanda Plummer, ...

She won the pulitzer prize for "August: Orange County" a dark intimate epic of the American family.

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