Kira Rockwell

Kira Rockwell


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kira rockwell (she/her) is a Boston-based playwright from North Texas. She is the 2019 recipient of Judith Royer Excellence in Playwriting Award and this year’s Runner-Up for the Princess Grace Award in Playwriting/Fellowship with New Dramatists. Her plays include THE TRAGIC ECSTASY OF GIRLHOOD (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 Script, O’Neill Semi-Finalist; developed at Boston Playwrights' Theatre, Third Culture Theatre in collaboration with HBO and Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network); OH TO BE PURE AGAIN (developed at National New Play Network's MFA Playwrights’ Workshop, Boston Center for the Arts); WITH MY EYES SHUT (Hollywood Fringe Festival-Best in Physical Theatre & Encore! Producers Award; developed at Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Out of the Loop Fringe Festival); and NOMAD AMERICANA (World Premiere: Fresh Ink Theatre; developed at WaterTower Theatre, Nouveau 47 Theatre). Kira 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’s character-driven plays aim to disrupt complacency, foster constructive empathy, and cultivate proactive hope. She writes to sculpt the contemporary Southern narrative in an earnest attempt to dismantle harmful stereotypes. Her acclaimed neurodivergent love story WITH MY EYES SHUT is now available through Original Works Publishing.

awards and honors


Princess Grace Award in Playwriting/Fellowship at New Dramatists, Runner-Up

MFA Playwrights’ Workshop with The Kennedy Center & NNPN (Oh, to be Pure Again)

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

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

Elliot Norton for Outstanding New Script, Nomination (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)


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

Encore Producers' Award 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)


Theatre@First’s FirstWorks Program, Winner (BirthRights)

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


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


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


Ralph & Ruth McCullough Scholarship recipient

Dottie Williams Box Scholarship recipient