donna hoke

Sandy Asher


“If your play seeks to unify complex ideas and uncomfortable questions in story form and with heart—realistic or not, linear or not—I’m well-suited. If it involves patrons lying on cots while performers whisper in their ears, I’m probably not. If it’s a comedy that asks nothing more than “is this funny?” I’m probably not. If you’ve written a play about a historic figure, and it’s more about her timeline of accomplishments than what they won or lost for her, I’m probably not. I favor character over plot, psychic journey over grand adventure, and moving moments over melodrama. That said, I’m analytical, good at seeing the big picture, the holes, the connections, and identifying what a play needs to make it cohere.”

Interests: sexuality and gender politics, strong female characters, multi-layered themes/narratives, the power and pain of human nature

DONNA HOKE is a resident playwright at Road Less Traveled Productions, and her work has been seen in 43 states and on five continents. Plays include The Couple Next Door (Princess Grace semi-finalist), SAFE (winner of the Todd McNerney, Naatak, and Great Gay Play and Musical Contests), Brilliant Works of Art (2016 Kilroys List), and Elevator Girl (2017 O’Neill finalist); she has also been nominated for both the Primus and the Blackburn Prizes. 

She has received an Individual Artist Award from the New York State Council on the Arts to develop Hearts of Stone, as well as an Artie Award for Outstanding New Play (Seeds). For three consecutive years, she was named Buffalo's Best Writer by Artvoice—the only woman to ever receive the designation. Donna serves on the Dramatists Guild Council and also as Western New York regional representative. 

In addition, she is a New York Times-published crossword puzzle constructor; author of Neko and the Twiggets, a children's book; founder/co-curator of BUA Takes 10: GLBT Short Stories; blogger;  advocate; and moderator of the 11,000+-member Official Playwrights of Facebook. Recent speaking engagements include Citywrights, Kenyon Playwrights Conference, the Dramatists Guild National Conference, Chicago Dramatists, Austin Film Festival, and a live Dramatists Guild webinar. Her commentary has been seen on #2amt, howlround, The Dramatist, the Official Playwrights of Facebook, Workshopping the New Play (Applause, 2017).