Cori Thomas at The Women’s Project & Productions

Playwright

Cori Thomas is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. Produced plays: Lockdown; When January Feels Like Summer; Citizens Market; My Secret Language of Wishes; Pa’s Hat and more. Produced and Developed at: WP Theater; Rattlestick Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Page 73, Ensemble Studio Theatre; City Theater Co. Pittsburgh; The Goodman Theater; Pillsbury House Theater; Mixed Blood; Horizon’s Theater, Mosaic Theatre Co.; and others. She has won the American Theater Critics Osborn Award; Edgerton Foundation Prize; Was a 2017 runner up for The Dramatist Guild Horton Foote Playwriting Award; is a two-time Theodore Ward Prize winner. Cori is the Mellon Playwright in Residence at WP Theater; and a New Dramatists Resident Playwright. She has been awarded Fellowships at O’Neill National Playwrights Conference; Sundance Theater Lab; MacDowell Colony; Bogliasco Foundation; Baryshnikov Arts Center; Djerassi and more. Film and TV Projects include: Original screenplay for HBO Films and Tribeca Productions; JuVee Productions; and more. Cori is presently co-writing the memoirs of Sex Trafficking victim Sara Kruzan for Knopf/Random House. Founder: The Pa’s Hat Foundation a501c(3)in 2012. Pa’s Hat is an organization focused on helping former child soldiers and other marginalized citizens of Liberia, West Africa with educational and work-related assistance. Ongoing volunteer at San Quentin State Prison with the anti-violence program No More Tears. Board of Directors: of New Dramatists, Pa’s Hat Foundation, Project FEEL, and No More Tears SQ. Coriis represented by Leah Hamos and Vernalis Co at The Gersh Agency, Kirsten Jacobson at Good Fear Content; Eve MacSweeney at Fletcher and Co.

WP Theater (Lisa McNulty, Producing Artistic Director; Michael Sag, Managing Director) is the nation’s oldest and largest theater company dedicated to developing, producing, and promoting the work of women+ at every stage of their careers. For over four decades we have served as leaders of a global movement towards gender parity, and the example we set and the artists we have fostered have grown into a robust, thriving community of artists in theater and beyond. WP empowers women+ artists of all kinds to reach their full potential, challenging preconceptions about the kinds of plays women write and the stories they tell.

Founded in 1978 by Julia Miles as Women’s Project Theater, WP Theater has earned acclaim as a home for women+ theatermakers, historically marginalized in the field, to hone their craft while becoming leaders, change-makers, and advocates in the industry. To date, we have produced more than 600 Mainstage productions and developmental projects and published 11 anthologies of plays by women+ artists. WP Theater is proud of the ways in which we have made a difference in the artistic landscape of New York and beyond, and we continue to forge forward by offering these artists a platform to develop and present their stories.

WP Theater recently received a 2018 Lucille Lortel Award and a 2019 Obie Award, both for Outstanding Body of Work. As the premier launching pad for some of the most influential artists in theater, television, and film, our work has a significant impact on the field. Nearly every significant female theater artist has been through our doors, including: 2019 Tony Winner Rachel Chavkin; 2018 Pulitzer Prize Winner Martyna Majok; 2018 Tony Winner Rebecca Taichman; 2013 Tony Winner Pam MacKinnon; 2013 Tony Winner Diane Paulus; and two-time Pulitzer Prize Winner Lynn Nottage. These powerful women found an important artistic home at WP and are a testament to our role as a driving cultural force.

More from the Residency

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Plays to Progress with Cori Thomas
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Plays to Progress with Cori Thomas

A brief performance followed by a conversation about the resonance of Lockdown, a work by Cori Thomas launched at the O’Neill

Wednesday 9 September 2020
United States

Eugene O'Neill Theater Center presented Plays to Progress with Cori Thomas livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Wednesday 9 September at 3 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 5 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 6 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).