Victoria Z. Daly

Playwright

VICTORIA Z. DALY's plays include Doppelgänger, Sam, Demeter and Polly, Shell Collection, Invisible, Far North, On the Cross BronxCircling the Globe, Raw, Final Rest, High Water Line and Rockaway Park. They have been featured at the Actors Studio, the Last Frontier Theatre Conference, the ATHE Conference, Short+Sweet Festivals in Hollywood, Dubai, and upcoming in Sydney, the Gi60 Festival (NYC and UK,) the Alliance for Jewish Theatre, the Berrie Center, Spokane’s KPBX-FM (NPR,) and the Edinburgh Festival, among other venues. 

Vicki is a Faculty Member in the Plays in Progress program at the Dramatists Guild Institute, the educational arm of the Dramatists Guild of America, where she works with Guild members to develop their new plays. 

She is the Founder and Director of The 9th Floor, a collaborative of writers and actors in New York City, now in its twelfth season. Plays and screenplays workshopped at The 9th Floor have gone on to receive hundreds of regional and festival productions, publications, residencies and awards, among them Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for Comic Writing and the Bauer-Boucher award from Kean University.

Recent awards for Vicki’s work include Best Play and Judges Choice, Short+Sweet Dubai, 2020 for On the Cross Bronx; Winner, the New Short Play Festival, New York City, 2019 for Final Rest; and Winner, the Warner International Playwrights Festival, Connecticut, for Raw (2018.)

Vicki has taught playwriting (specializing in drama bootcamps) in New York City, Tennessee, and Connecticut for such organizations as Stephen Sondheim's Young Playwrights, Inc., the Fly Arts Center, Litchfield Performing Arts, Playmaking, and her own The Write Stuff! programs. A former physical actor, she also taught and performed commedia dell'arte, clown and mask work in Paris, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and in New York City.

As a television producer, script consultant, and executive, she has worked for entertainment and media organizations including Lifetime Cable Television, Warner Brothers, and the American Broadcasting Companies. Her journalism has been published in national magazines including Glamour, Health, and Portfolio.

Education: MFA in Dramatic Writing, NYU/Tisch School of the Arts; Certificat d'Etudes in Theater, L’Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Paris; A.B. and M.B.A., Harvard. Member, Dramatists Guild of America; Actors Studio Playwrights and Directors Workshop; Playwrights' Center of Minneapolis; International Centre for Women Playwrights.

Highlights

Victoria Z. Daly is a playwright, script consultant and educator. Her plays have been presented in New York City and around the United States, as well as England, Scotland, France and the United Arab Emirates. She is a Faculty Member at the Dramatists Guild Institute and the founder and Director of New York's 9th Floor Writers and Actors Collaborative. Vicki earned an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. She is also a graduate of the École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France; and of Harvard University.