Discipline: Theatre – playwriting

Sofya Levitsky-Weitz

Discipline: Theatre – playwriting
Region: Pasadena, CA
MacDowell fellowships: 2022

Playwright Sofya Levitsky-Weitz has worked prolifically on theatre and television productions including hit shows like Hulu’s The Dropout, FX’s The Bear, and Gaslit for Starz. Her play this party sucks will be commercially produced on Broadway by Mark Gordon Pictures in 2023 and was on the 2019 Kilroy’s List. Sofya serves on the advisory board at Northwestern University where she earned her M.F.A., is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Youngblood, and is currently completing a Core Writer Fellowship at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis. She has had residencies at Tofte Lake Center and Barn Arts and was a 2018-2019 Jerome Fellow. She was also the 2020-2021 New Musical Commission Recipient for Penn State.

Some award-winning plays by Levitsky-Weitz include Cannabis Passover (PWC PlayLabs and 2020-2021 finalist for the O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference), be mean to me (semi-finalist for Premiere Stages at Keane), and Gehinnom (semi-finalist for O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference, Playwrights’ Realm, and the Princess Grace Award).

While at MacDowell, Sofya worked finished a first draft of her full-length play, flinching. The play follows a high school acting class who, 13 years later, realize they must confront the ways in which theatre has shaped their desires, relationships, and sexualities. The play examines “how to create and teach art without harm.”

Studios

Schelling

Sofya Levitsky-Weitz worked in the Schelling studio.

Marian Nevins MacDowell funded construction of this studio the year that the organization was established and the first artists arrived for residency. It was called Bark Studio until 1933, when it was renamed in honor of Ernest Schelling, a composer, pianist, and orchestral leader who served as president of what was then called the Edward MacDowell…

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