Kia Corthron
Playwright and Fiction Writer
New York, NY
2014 USA Fellow

USA Jane Addams Fellow

Kia Corthron is a playwright living in New York City. In 2014 she was awarded the Simon Great Plains Playwright Award and was a recipient of the Windham Campbell Prize. Her work is expressly political and has focused on such issues as reproductive rights, capital punishment, homelessness, and the mainstream media. Corthron’s work has been performed in New York by Playwrights Horizons, New York Theatre Workshop, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Atlantic Theater Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, American Place Theatre; regionally at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Minneapolis’ Children’s Theatre Company, Mark Taper Forum, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Yale Repertory Theatre, Baltimore’s Center Stage, Goodman Theatre, Huntington Theatre, New York Stage and Film, Hartford Stage Company, Delaware Theatre Company; in London at the Royal Court Theatre and Donmar Warehouse; and elsewhere. Awards include the Lee Reynolds Award, Playwrights Center’s McKnight National Residency, Masterwork Productions Award, Wachtmeister Award, Columbia College/Goodman Theatre Fellowship, Barbara Barondess MacLean Foundation Award, Daryl Roth Creative Spirit Award, Fadiman Award, National Endowment for the Arts/TCG, and in television a Writers Guild Outstanding Drama Series Award and Edgar Award for The Wire. Residencies: MacDowell, Bellagio (Italy), Dora Maar (France), Siena Arts Institute Visiting Artist (Italy) and others. She currently serves on the Council of the Dramatists Guild and is an alumnus of New Dramatists, Playwrights Horizons, New York Theatre Workshop, Mark Taper Forum, Yale Repertory Theatre and more. She is a recipient of the Windham Campbell Prize and the Simon Great Plains Playwright Award.

Portrait photo courtesy the artist.

  • Artwork by Kia Corthron
    Breath, Boom, also Playwrights Horizons, 2001
  • Artwork by Kia Corthron
    Light Raise the Roof, New York Theatre Workshop, 2004.
Artwork by Kia Corthron Artwork by Kia Corthron