Who Are the Playwrights

Jen Silverman

Resident Playwright

2015 — 2024

Jen Silverman (they/them) is a playwright, novelist, and screenwriter. 

Plays include: Spain; Highway Patrol; Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties; The Moors; Witch, and The Roommate (upcoming on Broadway at the Booth Theatre). Their plays have been produced off-Broadway (Second Stage Theatre, MCC Theater, The Playwrights Realm), across the US (Steppenwolf, The Goodman, The Humana Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Huntington, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Writers Theatre etc), and internationally in Australia, the UK, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Brazil, Spain, and elsewhere.

Books include: the debut novel We Play Ourselves (named one of the best books of the year by Buzzfeed; a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award), story collection The Island Dwellers (finalist for a PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize), poetry chapbook Bath (selected by Traci Brimhall for Driftwood Press); and new novel There’s Going to be Trouble from Random House. Their essays have been published in The New York Times, The Paris Review, Vogue, and elsewhere.

Silverman has written on Tales of the City (Netflix) and is a writer-producer on Tokyo Vice Season 2 (Max). They have written screenplays for Annapurna Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, Two and Two Pictures and Film4 Productions as well as the OSCAR® qualifying short film Troy, which screened at 70 festivals internationally including the 2023 Sundance Film Festival and is featured online in The New Yorker’s Screening Room. Silverman also wrote the best-selling narrative podcast The Miranda Obsession for Audible starring Rachel Brosnahan.

Silverman is a three-time MacDowell Fellow, a member of New Dramatists, and a Scholar of Note at the American Library in Paris. Honors include fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim.