Kira Obolensky

Playwright
Kira Obolensky

Kira Obolensky is a playwright and writer who lives in Minneapolis. She is currently a Mellon Foundation Playwright in Residence with the award-winning theater Ten Thousand Things. New work includes The Changelings (upcoming, Spring 2016); Forget Me Not When Far Away (spring 2015, TTT); Why We Laugh: A Terezin Cabaret, which premiered in two international festivals and recently played in Minneapolis; Cabinet of Wonders (produced by Gas and Electric Arts, Philadelphia; Open Eye Figure Theatre, Minneapolis; 2010 Barrymore nomination for Best New Play). Kira is a Guggenheim Fellow and has also received fellowships and grants from the Henson Foundation, NEA and Irvine Foundations, Bush Foundation, McKnight Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Le Comte du Nouys Foundation, and a Pew Theatre Initiative Grant. Her play Lobster Alice was a Kesselring Prize winner; The Adventures of Herculina received Honorable Mention/ Kesselring Prize. She attended Williams College and Juilliard’s Playwriting Program and has an MFA in Fiction Writing from Warren Wilson’s MFA 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. Her novella, “The Anarchists Float to St. Louis,” won Quarterly West’s 2009 novella contest. She is also the cofounder of The Gymnasium, a cross-sector consortium of creative risk-takers. She is a core writer at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, and teaches playwriting at the University of Minnesota and is on faculty at Spalding University’s Low Residency MFA Program for Writers.

Theatre
Ten Thousand Things Theater Company

Ten Thousand Things brings lively, intelligent theater to people with little access to the wealth of the arts, invigorating ancient tales, classic stories, and contemporary plays through vital, open interactions between actors and non-traditional audiences in prisons, homeless shelters, and housing projects, as well as for the general public.

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