Playwright

 

kira rockwell

 playwright

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THE TRAGIC ECSTASY OF

GIRLHOOD

KCACTF National Festival | April 2019

BECHDEL TEST FEST | April 2019

ATHE Conference | August 2019

JUST CLOSED: West coast workshop

Third Culture Theatre

ARTIST FELLOWSHIP

Getaway | May 2019

OH, TO BE PURE AGAIN

NNPN & Kennedy CEnter

MFA Playwrights’ Workshop | AUGUST 2019

Kira is a Boston-based playwright from North Texas. Her character driven plays seek to foster empathy, cultivate hope, and challenge complacency. Using intersectional feminism and inclusive spirituality she writes to redefine and sculpt the contemporary Southern narrative in an earnest attempt to combat harmful, antiquated stereotypes.

Most recently, her play The Tragic Ecstasy of Girlhood won the Judith Royer Award of Excellence in Playwriting, it is the second place recipient of the Kennedy Center Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, and it is the National Winner of The Bridge Initiative’s Bechdel Test Fest, as well as being shortlisted for PlayPenn and a semi-finalist for the O’Neill Center.

Other plays include, With My Eyes Shut (The Last Frontier Theatre Conference, 2018 Best in Dance & Physical Theatre at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, WaterTower Theatre’s Out of the Loop Fringe Festival), Nomad Americana (World Premiere: Fresh Ink Theatre, Out of the Loop Fringe Festival), and Oh, to be Pure Again (to be developed at the 2019 NNPN/Kennedy Center MFA Playwright Workshop). Her plays have been developed and or produced by the Kennedy Center, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts, Fresh Ink Theatre, and Third Culture Theatre in collaboration with HBO. 

Kira holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Baylor University. Before entering into her current MFA playwriting program at Boston University, she spent three years working in a Children’s Home at the intersection of social work, youth development, and art’s education. Her play, With My Eyes Shut, will be published in 2019 with Original Works.

Awards & Honors

2019

Elliot Norton Nomination for Outstanding New Script (The Tragic Ecstasy of Girlhood)

Paula Vogel Playwriting Award Second Place Recipient (The Tragic Ecstasy of Girlhood)

ATHE’s Judith Royer Award of Excellence in Playwriting winner (The Tragic Ecstasy of Girlhood)

The Bridge Initiative’s Bechdel Test Fest National Winner (The Tragic Ecstasy of Girlhood)

O’Neill Conference Semifinalist (The Tragic Ecstasy of Girlhood)

MFA Playwrights’ Workshop at the Kennedy Center with National New Play Network

Artist Fellowship with Getaway

2018

Best in Dance & Physical Theatre winner at Hollywood Fringe Festival (With My Eyes Shut)

Encore Producers' Award recipient at Hollywood Fringe Festival (With My Eyes Shut)

University of Tulsa's WomenWorks runner-up (The Tragic Ecstasy of Girlhood)

Festival of New Texas Plays at Austin Playhouse finalist (BirthRights)

2017

Theatre@First’s FirstWorks Program winner (BirthRights)

The Navigators’ Lift Off Series of New Plays finalist (The Fire Balloons)

Little Black Dress INK’s ONSTAGE Festival semi-finalist (What is Your Wish?)

2016

Last Frontier Theatre Conference playwright (With My Eyes Shut)

WaterTower Theatre’s Out of the Loop Fringe Festival playwright (With My Eyes Shut)

Invited guest playwright with Baylor University

2015

Little Black Dress INK’s ONSTAGE Festival selected finalist (With My Eyes Shut)

WaterTower Theatre’s Out of the Loop Fringe Festival playwright (Nomad Americana)

Invited guest playwright with Southwestern College

2014

Ralph & Ruth McCullough Scholarship recipient

Dottie Williams Box Scholarship recipient

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