Kira Rockwell

Playwright

Kira Rockwell (she/her) is a Boston-based playwright from the heart of Texas. She is a winner of the Judith Royer Excellence in Playwriting Award, as well as Runner-Up for the 2019 Princess Grace Award in Playwriting/Fellowship with New Dramatists. Rockwell writes to sculpt the contemporary Southern narrative in an earnest attempt to dismantle harmful stereotypes. Her character-driven plays aim to disrupt complacency, foster cognitive empathy, and cultivate hope. Her plays include THE TRAGIC ECSTASY OF GIRLHOOD (Third Culture Theatre in collaboration with HBO and Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network); OH TO BE PURE AGAIN (MFA Playwrights’ Workshop with NNPN); WITH MY EYES SHUT (Original Works Publishing); WICKED BITTER BEAST(S) (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); and NOMAD AMERICANA (Fresh Ink Theatre). Her plays have been developed by the National New Play Network, The Kennedy Center, Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts, Hollywood Fringe Festival, Out of the Loop Fringe Festival, New World Theatre, and Nouveau 47 Theatre, among others. Awards/honors for her work include: Second Place Recipient of Paula Vogel Playwriting Award from the Kennedy Center, National Winner of The Bridge Initiative's Bechdel Test Fest, Elliot Norton Nomination for Outstanding New Play, Finalist for Festival of New Texas Plays, Semi-finalist for The Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm, and O’Neill Semi-Finalist, among others. She is an alumni of Company One’s PlayLab. Rockwell holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Baylor University and MFA in Playwriting from Boston University. Before entering into grad school, she spent time in various nonprofits working at the intersection of social work, youth development, and arts education. She strives to incorporate those learned practices and lived experiences into her writing by developing inclusive, accessible, trauma informed spaces that make way for communal healing. Rockwell teaches playwriting at Wheaton College, and at GrubStreet—the beloved creative writing center.