Discipline: Theatre – playwriting

Christopher Shinn

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

Christopher Shinn is a playwright, screenwriter, and teacher. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Radcliffe Fellow, and a Cullman Center Fellow. He teaches playwriting at the New School.

Several of his plays have premiered at the Royal Court Theatre including Four, Other People, Where Do We Live (winner of an Obie Award), Dying City (a Pulitzer Prize finalist), and Now or Later, which was shortlisted for the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Play.

His other plays include Teddy Ferrara (Goodman Theatre and Donmar Warehouse), An Opening in Time (Hartford Stage), Picked (Vineyard Theatre), What Didn't Happen (Playwrights Horizons), On the Mountain (South Coast Rep and Playwrights Horizons), The Coming World (Soho Theatre), Against (Almeida Theatre), and The Narcissist (Chichester Festival Theatre). His adaptation of Hedda Gabler premiered on Broadway in 2009 and his adaptation of Judgment Day premiered at Park Avenue Armory in 2019.

While at MacDowell, Shinn wrote the first draft of a new play, currently untitled, about a novelist/writing professor who is enlisted by a grieving woman to help her write a victim impact statement for the sentencing of the mass shooter who killed her daughter.



Christopher Shinn worked in the Mixter studio.

Built in 1927–1930, the Florence Kilpatrick Mixter Studio was funded by its namesake and designed by the architect F. Winsor, Jr., who also designed MacDowell's original Savidge Library in 1925. Mixter Studio, solidly built of yellow and grey-hued granite, once had sweeping views of Pack Monadnock to the east. The lush forest has now grown…

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