Discipline: Theatre – playwriting

Jen Silverman

Discipline: Theatre – playwriting
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell fellowships: 2012, 2013, 2021

Jen Silverman (they/ them) is a New York-based writer and playwright. Jen is the author of the debut novel We Play Ourselves (2021), the story collection The Island Dwellers (2018), which was longlisted for a PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for debut fiction, and the poetry chapbook Bath (2022), selected by Traci Brimhall for Driftwood Press. Additional work has appeared in Vogue, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, LitHub, The Sun, The Gettysburg Review, and elsewhere. Residencies and fellowships include: MacDowell, Hedgebrook, New Dramatists, Williamstown Theatre Festival, New York Foundation for the Arts, Playwrights of New York, and The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Jen’s plays have been produced off-Broadway, regionally, and internationally; they include Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties, The Moors, The Roommate, and Witch. Jen also writes for TV, film, and most recently serialized audio with the narrative podcast The Miranda Obsession for Audible and Vice, produced by and starring Rachel Brosnahan

At MacDowell, Silverman worked on the plays Phoebe in Winter, Dangerous House and All The Roads Home, stories included in The Island Dwellers, and poems included in Bath.


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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