Discipline: Theatre – playwriting

Jen Silverman

Discipline: Theatre – playwriting
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell fellowships: 2012, 2013

Jen Silverman is a New York-based writer. Her work includes Witch (Writers Theatre, Geffen), The Roommate (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Steppenwolf, Long Wharf, South Coast Repertory, Theater Biel/Solthurn in Switzerland, Salón Teatro in Spain, etc), Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties… (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Southwark Playhouse UK, MCC Theater, NYT Critic’s pick, Drama League nomination), Dangerous House (InterAct Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival) and The Moors (Yale Repertory Theatre, The Playwrights Realm). Jen is a member of New Dramatists, and an affiliated artist with The Playwrights Center in Minneapolis and SPACE on Ryder Farm. She’s a two-time MacDowell Fellow, a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts grant, the Helen Merrill Award, an LMCC Fellowship, and the Yale Drama Series Award. She was the 2016-2017 Playwrights of New York (PoNY) Fellow at the Lark. Random House recently published Jen’s first book, The Island Dwellers, a collection of interlinked stories set in the US and Japan (PEN America Literary Awards long-list). Her first novel is forthcoming with Random House in 2021. Jen also writes for TV and film, most recently on Netflix’s Tales of the City; she is in development with Amazon and Annapurna. Education: Brown, Iowa Playwrights Workshop, Juilliard.

At MacDowell, Silverman worked on Dangerous House, All The Roads Home, and stories included in The Island Dwellers.


New Jersey

Jen Silverman worked in the New Jersey studio.

The yellow clapboard New Jersey Studio, located on a grassy, sloping site, was funded by the New Jersey Federation of Women’s Clubs and built as an exact replica of Monday Music Studio (1913). The studio’s porch rests on fieldstone piers that increase in height as the ground slopes to the west. Like Monday Music Studio, New Jersey…

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