About Jen Silverman
Jen received her BA from Brown University and her MFA from the Iowa Playwrights Workshop. She is an Affiliated Artist with New Georges and with idTheater Co, a member of Youngblood at EST, and her plays have been developed with The Lark, New York Stage & Film/ Powerhouse Theatre Company at Vassar College, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, the hotINK International Festival (NYC), The Playwrights Realm, and Seven Devils Playwrights Conference. She was the recipient of the 2010 Kate Neal Kinley Fellowship, a 2011 Core Apprentice at the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis, and is a two-time finalist for the O'Neill Playwrights Conference.
Her play CRANE STORY premiered off-Broadway in 2011 with The Playwrights Realm, and the one-act THE EDUCATION OF MACOLOCO won the 2009 Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Play Festival and was published by Samuel French. Her play AKARUI received its World Premiere at Cleveland Public Theatre in May 2012. She received a 2011 commission from InterAct Theatre and the NNPN to write THE DANGEROUS HOUSE OF PRETTY MBANE, which she developed at the MacDowell Colony during a 2012 residency. Jen has also held a residency at Hedgebrook, and has upcoming residencies at the Millay Colony and New Harmony. In 2011 she was a US Delegate for a China/America Writers Exchange in Beijing and Chicago.
Jen also writes fiction and creative non-fiction. She was a 2011 winner of the Orlando Prize for Creative Non-Fiction through the AROHO Foundation, and has been published in the LA Review and The Ledge.
For more about Jen, see her Artist Statement.