Discipline: Theatre – playwriting

Emily Feldman

Discipline: Theatre – playwriting
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2020, 2024

Emily Feldman is a playwright living in New York City. Her play, The Best we Could (a family tragedy), directed by Daniel Aukin, premiered at Manhattan Theatre Club in 2023 and is published by Samuel French/Concord Theatricals. It has received an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, support from the Tow Foundation, and was featured on the 2019 Kilroys List.

Feldman is under commission for new plays from Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, and Arena Stage, and is writing a television series for AMC. Her work has received awards such as The Patty Abramson Prize, The Kennedy Center’s Paula Vogel Award, and others.

Her work has been supported by theaters and development organizations including New York Stage and Film, La Jolla Playhouse, Colt Coeur, Magic Theatre, Roundabout, The Playwrights Realm, Portland Center Stage, and American Conservatory Theatre, among others. She is an alumna of The Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm and the Jerome Fellowship/Core Apprenticeship at the Playwrights’ Center, was an Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition finalist, and was The 2017-2018 Shank Playwright-in-Residence at Playwrights Horizons. She’s a member of emerging writers’ groups at Page 73, The Orchard Project NYC, and Two River Theater.

At MacDowell in 2020, Feldman worked on two plays: a first draft of a play tentatively titled The Oracle, and a revision of The Best we Could (a family tragedy). During her 2023 residency, she worked on a theatrical adaptation of Lore Segal's 1964 novel Other People’s Houses.


Van Zorn (formerly Kirby)

Emily Feldman worked in the Van Zorn (formerly Kirby) studio.

Constructed thanks to a bequest from Sarah L. Kirby, Kirby Studio was the last new building to be erected during Mrs. MacDowell’s leadership (1907-1951). The load-bearing masonry walls were laid by local mason Augustus Beaulieu atop a fieldstone foundation. A 1995 renovation preserved the brick fireplace with wooden mantel and…

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