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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.
Most recently, her play The Tragic Ecstasy of Girlhood received a Norton nomination for Outstanding New Script, it is the second place recipient of the Kennedy Center Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, and the National Winner of The Bechdel Test Fest, as well as being shortlisted for PlayPenn and a semi-finalist for the O’Neill Center.
Her plays have been developed and or 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, WaterTower Theatre’s Out of the Loop Fringe Festival, 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 critically acclaimed neurodivergent love story, With My Eyes Shut, is now available through Original Works Publishing.
Awards & Honors
Playwrights’ Workshop with The Kennedy Center & NNPN (Oh, to be Pure Again)
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)
Artist Fellowship with Getaway (Oh, to be Pure Again)
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)
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?)
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