Sarah Ruhl

Sarah Ruhl’s Plays include In the Next Room, or the vibrator play, The Clean House, Passion Play, a cycle, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Melancholy Play; Eurydice; Orlando, Late: a cowboy song, and most recently, Dear Elizabeth, and Stage Kiss. She has been a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and a Tony award nominee. Her plays have been produced on Broadway at the Lyceum by Lincoln Center Theater, off-Broadway at Playwrights’ Horizons, Second Stage, and at Lincoln Center’s Mitzi Newhouse Theater. Her plays have been produced regionally all over the country, often with premiers at Yale Repertory theater, Berkeley Repertory theater, the Goodman Theater, and the Piven Theatre Workshop in Chicago. Her plays have also been produced internationally and have been translated into over ten languages. Originally from Chicago, Ms. Ruhl received her MFA from Brown University where she studied with Paula Vogel. She has received the Susan Smith Blackburn award, the Whiting award, the Lily Award, a PEN award for mid-career playwrights, and the MacArthur award. You can read more about her work on She teaches at the Yale School of Drama, and she lives in Brooklyn with her family.



  • Finding the Common Room
    Remarks from playwright Sarah Ruhl on accepting the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust Distinguished Playwright of the Year Award at Lincoln Center on Monday, November 14, 2016.
  • Is Theatre Helpful? (or some things I learned from rehearsing The Oldest Boy)
    Playwright Sarah Ruhl discusses the impulse and plan for theatres across the country to host readings of her play The Oldest Boy as a benefit to raise relief funds to aid earthquake victims in Nepal.
  • Sarah Ruhl in Conversation with P. Carl
    P. Carl interviews playwright Sarah Ruhl on her collection of short essays titled "100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms, Children, and Theater."

Blognews, trends, insights

  • Lillys and Mothers
    Sarah Ruhl on The Lilly Awards, criticism, and the power of mothers.