Kia Corthron

Playwright
she/her/hers

Kia Corthron is a playwright and novelist. Awards for her body of work for the stage include the Windham Campbell Prize, the United States Artists Jane Addams Fellowship, the Simon Great Plains Playwright Award, the McKnight National Residency, and the 2020 Dramatists Guild Flora Roberts Award. Arena Stage will produce her commissioned Tempestuous Elements sometime before the end of 2022. 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 will be published August 2021. She serves on the Dramatists Guild Council, is a New Dramatists alumnus, and is a member of the Authors Guild.

Highlights

Council Member, Dramatists Guild of America. As a playwright, Corthron has received numerous awards, including several for her body of work: the Dramatists Guild 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.