Jennifer O'Grady


Jennifer O'Grady's plays have been produced and developed across the U.S. and internationally. Her full-length plays include Charlotte's Letters (2020 Rising Artist Award; 1st Place Henley Rose Award; NEWvember Festival Dublin; O'Neill Semifinalist and other honors); Paranormal Love (MTWorks Newborn Festival; NEWvember Finalist; 2019 Pandora's Box Honorable Mention; 2020 SWTP Semifinalist); Ellery (2019 Bechdel Group workshop selection and included in The Best Women's Stage Monologues 2017); Juggling with Mr. Fields (2020 SWTP Finalist) and others. Her ten-minute plays have won audience-choice awards and are included in The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2021, 2017 and 2016 (Smith and Kraus); The Best New Ten-Minute Plays 2021 and 2019 (Applause); Stage It 3: Twenty Ten-Minute Plays and other publications. Her work is also included in Best Contemporary Monologues for Women 18-35, The Covid Monologues by Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble, The PlayGround Experiment's Face of America Monologue Anthology, some scripts literary magazine and other publications. Her plays have been presented by The Irish Rep, 6th Street Playhouse, Heartland Theatre Company, The Playhouse at White Lake, Rover Dramawerks, Weathervane Playhouse, OnStage Atlanta, Gi60 (U.S. and U.K. editions), Short+Sweet Sydney and Perth (Australia), Monster Box Theatre, AboutFace Ireland, The Hive Collaborative, Theatre Three and many other theaters. She is also an award-winning poet and author of the poetry books White (Mid-List First Series Award) and Exclusions & Limitations (MadHat Press, 2018). Her poems appear in numerous places including Harper's, The New Republic, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, The Writer's Almanac, Poetry Daily and American Poetry: The Next Generation. Born and raised in New York City, she holds an MFA in poetry from Columbia University and a  BA from Vassar, where she won awards for her writing, and lives with her family in lower Westchester County, NY. (


AWARDS (selected)
2021 Publication: The Best Ten-Minute Plays ("Fridge")
2021 Publication: The Best New Ten-Minute Plays ("Most Wonderful")
2021 Selection: Short+Sweet Perth Festival ("Fridge")
2021 Selection: Short+Sweet Sydney Festival ("Expectations")
2021 Shortlist: Short+Sweet Dubai Festival ("Fridge" and "Expectations")
2020 Winner: Rising Artist Playwriting Award, Attic Salt Theater Company (Charlotte's Letters)
2020 Finalist: Southwest Theatre Productions New Play Contest (Juggling with Mr. Fields)
2020 Semifinalist: Southwest Theatre Productions New Play Contest (Paranormal Love)
2020 Audience-Choice Award: Kairos Italy Theater International 10-Minute Play Festival ("Fridge")
2019 Selection: The Bechdel Group workshop series (Ellery)
2019 Honorable Mention: Pandora's Box New Works Festival (Paranormal Love)
2019 Top 25 Plays: Pandora's Box New Works Festival (Charlotte's Letters)
2019 Publication: The Best New Ten-Minute Plays ("Persephone")
2019 Audience-Choice Award: Weathervane Playhouse 8x10 Theatrefest ("Listening")
2018 Winner: 1st Place Henley Rose Award (Charlotte's Letters)
2018 Winner: Heartland Theater Company's 10-Minute Play Contest ("Persephone")
2017 Selection: NEWvember Festival Dublin (Charlotte's Letters)
2017 Publication: The Best Women's Stage Monologues (Ellery)
2016 Semifinalist: O'Neill Playwrights  Conference (Charlotte's Letters)
2016 Selection: Irish Repertory Theatre's New Works Reading Series (Charlotte's Letters)
2015 Finalist: NEWvember Festival (Paranormal Love)
2015 Publication: The Best Women's Stage Monologues 2014 (Quasars)
2015 Publication: Best Contemporary Monologues for Women 18-35 (Quasars)

Recent and forthcoming productions by Short+Sweet Sydney; Short+Sweet Perth; 6th Street Playhouse; The Playhouse at White Lake; PlayZoomers; Valley Players; Theatre Three; Rover Dramawerks; Monster Box Theater; Gi60: The International One-Minute Play Festival; The PlayGround Experiment; Kairos Italy Theatre; Stage Left Theater; Weathervane Playhouse; Saw It Here First Productions and many others