Discipline: Theatre – playwriting

Anne Washburn

Discipline: Theatre – playwriting
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2001, 2008, 2013, 2023

Anne Washburn is a playwright from the West Coast, living in New York City. Her plays include: Mr. Burns, The Internationalist, Shipwreck, Apparition (written at MacDowell in 2001), The Small, The Ladies, Antlia Pneumatica, Little Bunny Foo Foo, and trans-adaptations of Euripides Orestes and Iphigenia in Aulis. Her work has been produced in the U.S., the UK, and sometimes elsewhere.

Her play Mr. Burns, about people telling “Simpsons’” stories after the end of civilization, premiered in 2012, ran for three months in New York at Playwrights Horizons in 2013, and was nominated for a 2014 Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play.

At MacDowell Anne has worked on her plays Apparition, The Octavia, continued work on a long-term project about the emperor Nero, a play about a tech rehearsal, and in 2023 she began work on a play set in the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 60s and early 70s. A draft of the work-in-progress is scheduled for a week-long workshop at San Francisco's ACT Theater, which commissioned the work.



Anne Washburn worked in the Sorosis studio.

Sorosis Studio was funded by the New York Carol Club of Sorosis. The small, masonry studio was designed by F. Winsor, Jr., the architect who also designed Savidge Library (1926) and Mixter Studio (1927). At the time of construction, the large porch on the southeast façade offered a spectacular mountain view that has since been obscured…

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