Kristoffer Diaz

Librettist Playwright

Kristoffer Diaz  is a playwright, librettist, screenwriter, and educator. His
play The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in
Drama. His adaptation of the Disney film Hercules premiered in Central Park in
Summer 2019 as part of the Joseph Papp Public Theater’s Public Works program with
a cast of nearly 200. Other full-length titles include Welcome to Arroyo’s, Reggie
Hoops
, and The Unfortunates. His work has been produced, commissioned, and
developed at The Public Theater, Dallas Theater Center, Geffen Playhouse, ACT,
Center Theatre Group, The Goodman, Second Stage, Victory Gardens, and Oregon
Shakespeare Festival, among many others. Awards include the Guggenheim, Jerome,
Van Lier, NYFA, and Gail Merrifield Papp Fellowships; New York Times Outstanding
Playwright Award; Lucille Lortel, Equity Jeff, and OBIE Awards; and the Future
Aesthetics Artist Regrant, among others.

As a screenwriter, Kristoffer has developed original television pilots for HBO and FX,
written for the first season of Netflix's GLOW, and adapted the musical Rent for FOX.

Kristoffer holds a BA from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized
Study, an MFA from NYU’s Department of Dramatic Writing, and an MFA from
Brooklyn College’s Performing Arts Management program. He teaches playwriting at
New York University. He is an alumni of New Dramatists and a member of its Board of
Directors, a member of the Dramatists Guild Council, and a member of the Writer’s
Guild of America, East.

Highlights

Council Member, Dramatists Guild of America  Kristoffer Diaz's  awards include the Guggenheim, Jerome, Van Lier, NYFA, and Gail Merrifield Papp Fellowships; New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award; Lucille Lortel, Equity Jeff, and OBIE Awards; and the Future Aesthetics Artist Regrant, among others.