Kia Corthron is a playwright and novelist. Her Tempestuous Elements will premiere at Arena Stage in February 2024. Awards for her body of work for the stage include the Dramatists Guild's Horton Foote Award and Flora Roberts Award, the Windham Campbell Prize, the United States Artists Jane Addams Fellowship, the Simon Great Plains Playwright Award, the McKnight National Residency. Other plays, including A Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick, Breath, Boom, and Force Continuum, have been produced in New York by Playwrights Horizons, New York Theatre Workshop, Atlantic Theater Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club; regionally by Yale Repertory Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Center Stage, Hartford Stage, Children’s Theatre Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, New York Stage and Film; in London by the Royal Court Theatre and Donmar Warehouse; and elsewhere. She was the 2017 resident playwright of Chicago’s Eclipse Theatre which produced three of her plays. Her debut novel The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter was a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice and the winner of the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Her second novel Moon and the Mars was published in 2021. She serves on the Dramatists Guild Council, is a New Dramatists alumnus, and is a member of the Authors Guild.
Council Member, Dramatists Guild of America. As a playwright, Corthron has received numerous awards, including several for her body of work: the Dramatists Guild Horton Foote Award and Flora Roberts Award, the Windham Campbell Prize for Drama, the United States Artists Jane Addams Fellowship, the Simon Great Plains Playwright Award, and the McKnight National Residency.