Plays in Progress Instructor
“I’m drawn to plays about complex, flawed humans struggling to connect with each other and themselves. Characters with big needs and stakes. Plays that explore fundamental questions about the way the world, and the humans in it, work. My main goal as a dramatist-mentor is to recognize the impulse and intention in your play and to help you, the playwright, fulfill your intention.
I’m especially excited to work on plays whose stories can only be told on the stage. Lighting, mixed media, non-linear structure, metaphor, heightened language — whatever you can dream up to tell the story and help illuminate the characters, I’m up for it. I’d be less effective working on plays that are highly plot-driven or message- driven.
After we’ve explored each of our questions about your draft, I’ll aim to have you fired up to start the next one.”
Interests: character-driven, conflict, strong character arc, theatricality, dramatic physicality
VICTORIA Z. DALY earned an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts and a Certificate in theater from L’Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris.
She is the Founder and Director of the 9th Floor, a weekly collaborative of writers and actors in New York City, now in its eleventh season. Plays workshopped at the 9th Floor have gone on to receive hundreds of regional and festival productions, publications, residencies and awards.
Vicki has taught playwriting (specializing in drama bootcamps) in New York City, Tennessee, and Connecticut for such organizations as Stephen Sondheim's Young Playwrights, Inc., the Fly Arts Center, Litchfield Performing Arts, and her own The Write Stuff! programs. A former physical actor, she also taught and performed commedia dell'arte, clown and mask work in Paris, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and in New York City.
Her plays include Doppelgänger, The Sam Play, Demeter and Polly, Raw, Invisible, Far North, On the Cross Bronx, Circling the Globe, and Rockaway Park. Her work has been presented at the Actors Studio, the Last Frontier Theatre Conference, the ATHE Conference, the Gi60 Festival (NYC and UK,) the Warner International Playwrights Festival, the Alliance for Jewish Theatre, the Berrie Center, Spokane’s KPBX-FM (NPR,) the 1:One UAE Theatre Fest (Dubai,) and the Edinburgh Festival, among other venues. As a television producer, script consultant, and executive, she has worked for entertainment and media organizations including Lifetime Cable Television, Warner Brothers, and the American Broadcasting Companies. Her journalism has been published in national magazines including Glamour, Health, and Portfolio.
Other honors include her selection as Guest Artist at the Kennedy Center Summer Playwriting Intensive. She also earned an A.B. and M.B.A. from Harvard. Member: Dramatists Guild of America; Actors Studio Playwrights and Directors Workshop; Playwrights’ Center of Minneapolis; International Centre for Women Playwrights.