Photo by Jared Tseng

Photo by Jared Tseng

Kira Rockwell is a Boston-based playwright from North Texas. She is the 2019 recipient of the Judith Royer Award of Excellence in Playwriting. Her character-driven plays seek to foster empathy, cultivate hope, and challenge complacency. She writes to redefine and sculpt the contemporary Southern narrative in an earnest attempt to combat harmful antiquated stereotypes.

Her play The Tragic Ecstasy of Girlhood is the second place recipient of the 2019 Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, it is the National Winner of The Bechdel Test Fest, runner-up for the 2019 Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship, as well as shortlisted for PlayPenn, and a semi-finalist for the O’Neill Center. The workshop premiere received a Norton nomination for Outstanding New Script.

Her work has been developed/produced by the Kennedy Center, National New Play Network, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, The Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Hollywood Fringe Festival, Boston Center for the Arts, The Bridge Initiative, WaterTower Theatre’s Out of the Loop Fringe Festival, Little Black Dress INK, Fresh Ink Theatre, and Third Culture Theatre in collaboration with Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network and HBO. 

Kira holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Baylor University. Before entering into her MFA playwriting program at Boston University, she spent time in various nonprofits across Waco, Texas working at the intersection of social work, youth development, and arts education, including a three-year stint at a Children’s Home. Her acclaimed neurodivergent love story, With My Eyes Shut, is now available through Original Works Publishing.

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