Kira Obolensky is a playwright and writer who lives in Minneapolis. New work includes Force/Matter, with Shawn McConneloug; The Oldest Story in the World, created collaboratively with Theatre Novi Most; Cabinet of Wonder: an impossible history(Open Eye, Minneapolis; Gas and Electric Arts, Philadelphia, Barrymore best new play nomination); Raskol (commissioned and produced by Ten Thousand Things Theater and featured on critics' end of year lists); and Modern House, finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Kira is a Guggenheim Fellow and has also received fellowships and grants from the Henson Foundation, NEA and Irvine Foundations, Bush Foundation, McKnight Foundation, and Jerome Foundation. She attended Williams College and Juilliard's Playwriting Program and completed an M.F.A. in Fiction Writing at Warren Wilson's M.F.A. Program for Writers. She is the author of three published books about architecture and design and is the co-author of the national bestseller The Not So Big House. A Core Writer at the Playwrights' Center, Kira teaches writing at Spalding University's low residency M.F.A. program, at Goddard College's M.F.A. Program in Interdisciplinary Arts in Vermont, and also at the University of Minnesota.
Hayley Finn interviews playwright Kira Obolensky about her work with and residency at Ten Thousand Things in Minneapolis.
Hayley Finn writes on the creative partnership between playwright Kira Obolensky and Artistic Director of Ten Thousand Things Michelle Hensley.
Kira Oblenskey talks to Michelle Hensley, the founding artistic director of Ten Thousand Things in Minnesota, about the necessity of big stories, and the joys of bringing theater to audiences who have very little experience with it.