Jennifer Maisel


Jennifer Maisel’s The Last Seder premiered Off-Broadway with Gaby Hoffmann, Greg Mullavey and Sarah Winkler after productions around the country and abroad. Before its critically acclaimed world premiere at Antaeus theatre in the fall of 2019, Jennifer developed Eight Nights with the Berkshire Playwrights Lab, Bay Street Theatre, Playmakers, Moving Arts and Antaeus; that production was nominated for nine coveted Ovation Awards and won for Best Playwriting.  The play was also part of nationwide fundraiser for HIAS called 8 nights of EIGHT NIGHTS.  Her Out of Orbit was workshopped at the Gulf Shore New Play Festival as well as the Sundance Theatre Lab, and was awarded an Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P Sloan rewrite commission for plays about science and technology before making the 2016 Kilroy List and winning both the Stanley Award and the Woodward Newman Award for Drama.  It premiered at Williamston Theatre and Bloomington Playwrights Project in 2018.  Her Pen West Literary finalist There or Here had its London premiere in January, 2018. Her @thespeedofJake, also a Pen West Literary finalist, premiered in LA with Playwrights’ Arena.  Jennifer was one of seven playwrights commissioned by Center Theatre Group and Playwrights’ Arena to create The Hotel Playa site-specific work created in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the LA riots. Jennifer was one of five writers in the prestigious Humanitas 2018 PlayLA workshop, where she wrote her play Better.  In April 2021 she was the Travis Bogard Artist in Residence with a Tao House fellowship, writing a new play called Yellow Wallpaper 2.0 2020 on Eugene O’Neill’s former estate, subsequently workshopped at Great Plains Theatre Conference and read by the Neo-Political Cowgirls at their Andromeda’s Sisters event. Tao House asked Jennifer to return with the play to feature it as part of their 2023 O’Neill festival. A graduate of Cornell University with an MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts’ Dramatic Writing Program, a complete listing of her plays can be found at



In the world of film and television, Jennifer recently developed an original pilot called The 626 with Super Deluxe and adapted two Jane Green novels – Tempting Fate and To Have and to Hold – for television.  She worked on a movie about campus rape and institutional betrayal with Just Singer Entertainment. Her screenplay, Lost Boy, was filmed starring Virginia Madsen. She wrote The Assault and The March Sisters for Mar Vista Entertainment and Double Wedding for Jaffe Braunstein. She has written movies for NBC, ABC, MTV, Lifetime and Hallmark, was a staff writer on the television series, RELATED, wrote a pilot for ABC Family and developed an animated feature for Disney.  She co-created the critically acclaimed web series Faux Baby with Laura Brennan and Rachel Leventhal.  The screenplay adaptation of her play THE LAST SEDER won Showtime’s Tony Cox Screenwriting Award, meriting her a month’s stay in a haunted farmhouse at the Nantucket Screenwriter’s Colony; its currently in development with Rosalind Productions.  Her feature Let the World Spin Forward is with Chernin Entertainment and she has developed original pilots with Lucky Monkey Productions, Bunim-Murray, Ineffable, Stun Media and MomentumTV; she is currently working on a podcast for Wondery, developing a new television series, and writing a feature for Motion Picture Corporation of America.