Stefanie Zadravec

Sandy Asher

Writing Workshop I

“I am a “write what you don’t know” writer who draws inspiration from international events and politics. I’m interested in the ordinary people caught in the crossfires and great forces of our time. My plays being in reality then lean into myth and folklore from around the world, combining my affinity for meticulous research with the letting loose of unexpected flights of form and imagination. In terms of style, my plays are a blend straightforward storytelling and fantastical or heightened theatrical realities - a mix of rhythmic, poetic dialogue, dark humor, raw emotion and vast cultural, aural and visual landscapes.”

Interests: political, poetic, magical realism, realism, dark humor, raw, honest, bold/resonant, character-driven, storytelling, theatrical

STEFANIE ZADRAVEC is a resident playwright at New Dramatists and  a Core Writer at the Playwright’s Center of Minneapolis.  Her full length plays include: Tiny Houses (WP Theater Commission,  JAWfest 2017, Theatreworks New Works 2017, SPACE at Ryder Farm, Arts Emerson); Colony Collapse (Theatre@Boston Court: Kilroys List); The Electric Baby (Two River Theater, Quantum Theatre, Rorschach Theater); Honey Brown Eyes (Theater J, Working Theatre, SF Playhouse); and currently – The Boat (Working Theater Commission), and Nauru: Requiem for an Island. (NYU Joint Stock Commission) Honors include a 2015 Helen Merrill Emerging Playwright Award, The 2013 Francesca Primus Prize, 2009 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play, Sustainable Arts Foundation Award, Women in Arts & Media Collaboration Award, as well as fellowships from New York Foundation for the Arts, The Lark, Playwrights Realm, The Dramatists Guild, and Sewanee Writers Conference. She has received support for her work through residencies, grants, and commissions from The Edgerton Foundation, The Ford Foundation, Mellon, the NEA, Arts Emerson, SPACE on Ryder Farm, New Dramatists, The Lark,  New York Stage & Film, JAWFest, Theatreworks, Play Penn, The Lilly Awards, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Kennedy Center, The WP Theatre, Epic Theatre Ensemble, and The Barrow Group.  Stefanie is an alum of the WP Theater Lab, the Lark Playwright's Workshop, and Keen Company's Playwright Lab.  Her plays are published by Dramatists Play Service and featured in Best Women’s Stage Monologues (Smith & Kraus) and The Kilroys: 97 Scenes & Monologues by Women & Trans Writers Volume I (TCG). Stefanie teaches beginning and advanced playwriting at Primary Stages' ESPA, The DG Institute and Play Penn.