Who Are the Playwrights

Jen Silverman

Resident Playwright

2015 — 2024

Jen Silverman is a New York-based writer and playwright. Selected plays include: Collective Rage: A Play In 5 Betties (Woolly Mammoth, Southwark Playhouse in London, MCC Theater); Witch (Writer’s Theatre, The Geffen, The Huntington); The Roommate (Humana Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Steppenwolf, South Coast Rep, Long Wharf, etc); and The Moors (Yale Rep, the Seymour Center in Sydney, The Playwrights Realm). Jen is a member of New Dramatists, a three-time MacDowell fellow, and an affiliated artist with Space on Ryder Farm and The Playwrights Center. Jen has received the Yale Drama Series Award, the Helen Merrill Award, the Lilly Award, as well as grants and fellowships from The New York Foundation for the Arts, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Playwrights of New York. 

Jen is the author of the debut novel We Play Ourselves (Random House, 2021), the story collection The Island Dwellers (Random House, 2018) which was longlisted for a PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for debut fiction, and the poetry chapbook Bath (2022), selected by Traci Brimhall for Driftwood Press. Additional prose and poetry has appeared in Vogue, The Paris Review Daily, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, The Gettysburg Review, The Sun, The Baffler, LitHub and elsewhere. Jen also writes for TV and film.