Artist Bio

Kirsten Greenidge

(Bio as of August 2016)

Kristen Greenidge’s work combines elements of magical realism with a pronounced use of language: the result being a body of plays that possess a heightened sense of realism as they explore how race, class and culture intersect in the United States. An OBIE Award winner for Milk Like Sugar, Ms. Greenidge’s is a recent PEN/America Laura Pels Foundation Theater Award for Mid-Career Playwright recipient.  In addition to Milk Like Sugar (La Jolla Playhouse, Theater Masters, Playwrights Horizons and Women’s Theater Project, San Diego Critics Award, Lucille Lortel and AUDELCO Award nominations), her other work includes  Baltimore (a Big Ten Theatre Consortium Commission), The Luck of the Irish (Huntington Theater Company, LCT3), Bossa Nova (Yale Repertory Theatre), Rust (Magic Theater), Sans-Culottes in the Promised Land (Humana Festival and Actors Theatre of Louisville) and Familiar (Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival Lorraine Hansberry Award winner). She  is currently working on commissions from Oregon Shakespeare Festival/American Revolutions (Roll Belinda Roll), Yale Repertory Theatre (Little Row Boat), Lincoln Center Theater (Tongue Tied Tight, and Delivered), La Jolla Playhouse (To The Quick), ArtsEmerson (a revisiting of J. Anthony Lukas’ Common Ground with Melia Bensussen), the Goodman (And Moira Spins), the Kennedy Center (an adaptation of  Christopher Paul Curtis’ Bud, Not Buddy), The Huntington Theater (The View from Here) and Playwrights Horizons.  She has enjoyed development experiences at Denver Center Theater (Zenith), XXPlaylabs/Company One and Boston Center for the Arts (Splendor), Sundance Theater Lab (Bossa Nova), P73, Sundance at Ucross, The Playwright’s Foundation,  The O’Neill,  A.S.K., McCarter Theatre, Pacific Playwrights, National New Play Network, Playtime at New Dramatists, Hourglass Theatre Company, Madison Repertory Theatre and Cardinal Stages. Her short plays include Proclivities, Devil Must Be Deep, numerous one-minute plays included in the One-Minute Play Festivals and two short gospel plays, Transfiguration and Ascension, which were presented as part of The Mysteries at The Flea, directed by Ed Iskandar.  Ms. Greenidge is a two-time Edgerton New American Play Award winner, a New England Theater Conference Major Award winner, an NEA/TCG Residency recipient (at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company), a Lorraine Hansberry Award winner, a Mark Cohen Award winner, a two-time IRNE award winner and a Sundance/Time Warner grant recipient.  An aluma of New Dramatists and a Rhombus Writer’s Group Core Member, Ms. Greenidge attended Wesleyan University (where she studied under Darrah Cloud) and the Playwright’s Workshop at the University of Iowa, (where she studied with Naomi Iizuka, Erik Ehn, Sydne Mahone, Dare Clubb and Art Borrecca) as a Barry Kemp Fellow.  She is currently an assistant professor of Theater at Boston University’s School of Theater, where she oversees the undergraduate playwriting course of study.