Charly Evon Simpson’s plays include Jump, Behind the Sheet, form of a girl unknown, it’s not a trip it’s a journey, and more. Her work has been seen and/or developed with The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Lark, Page 73, Ars Nova, Chautauqua Theater Company, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Salt Lake Acting Company, National New Play Network through its NNPN/Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights Workshop and National Showcase of New Plays, and others. Charly was recently named the 2019-20 recipient of the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award from the Vineyard Theatre, co-recipient of the Dramatists Guild’s Lanford Wilson Award, was nominated for the Outer Critics Circle’s John Gassner Award, and had two of her plays on the 2019 Kilroys List. Her play Jump is the first recipient of the David Goldman Fund for New Plays. She has received commissions from Manhattan Theatre Club/Sloan, EST/Sloan, Cleveland Playhouse, South Coast Repertory, and more. She’s currently a member of WP Theater’s 2018-2020 Lab, The New Georges Jam, and Primary Stages’ Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group. Charly is a former member of SPACE on Ryder Farm’s The Working Farm, Clubbed Thumb’s 17/18 Early Career Writers’ Group, Ensemble Studio Theatre's Youngblood, The Amoralists’ Wright Club, and Pipeline Theatre Company’s PlayLab.
As of fall 2019, she is also writing for television.
Charly loves to teach playwriting and storytelling to people of all ages. She has been an adjunct lecturer at SUNY Purchase and Hunter College and has taught with the 92Y, Engaging Educator, and PlayPenn. In addition, she has worked in middle schools as a full-time tutor, a social worker, and playwriting teacher. In addition, she was a yoga teacher and health coach.
She received her BA from Brown University, a master’s in Women’s Studies from University of Oxford, New College, and her MFA in Playwriting from Hunter College, where she studied with Annie Baker, Brighde Mullins, and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins.