Having never even seen a play until high school, Chisa Hutchinson caught up mighty fast by earning a BA in Dramatic Arts from Vassar College and an MFA in Playwriting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has since been commissioned to write several plays and has even written a few just for kicks, including Dirt Rich (Summer Stage); She like Girls (the Lark Play Development Center, Working Man’s Clothes Productions); This is not the Play (Mad Dog Theater Company, Cleveland Public Theater); Sex on Sunday (the Lark Play Development Center, the BE Company); Tunde's Trumpet (Summer Stage, BOOM Arts); The Subject (Atlantic Theater Company, Playwrights’ Foundation, Victory Gardens, Partial Comfort, and Rattlestick Theater); Mama's Gonna Buy You (Inge Center for the Arts); Somebody's Daughter (Cherry Lane, Second Stage), Alondra was Here (the Wild Project); The Wedding Gift (Contemporary American Theater Festival, Forward Flux); and Dead & Breathing (the Lark Play Development Center, Contemporary American Theater Festival, National Black Theater).
Chisa has been a Lark Fellow, a Dramatists Guild Fellow, a Resident at the William Inge Center for the Arts, a staff writer for the Blue Man Group and an ensemble member of the New York Neo Futurists. She’s won a GLAAD Award, a Lilly, a New York Innovative Theatre Award, the Paul Green Award, a Helen Merrill Award, and a Lanford Wilson Award. Currently, she is a Humanitas Fellow, the Tow Foundation Fellow at Second Stage, and a proud fourth year member of New Dramatists.