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Crystal Skillman

Crystal Skillman

"A playwright of growing downtown renown, Ms. Skillman seems to be acquiring something suspiciously Midtown: polish." -- Andy Webster, NYTimes CRYSTAL SKILLMAN is an award-winning Brooklyn based playwright who will make her Off-Broadway debut in summer 2017 at A.R.T./New York with a new play commission for Project Y Theater. Another Kind of Love, about a family of punk rock singers, played at the Chopin Theater in Chicago in a production with Infusion Theater Company which earned rave reviews, including the Chicago Reader which called the play a “Masterpiece” and the Chicago Tribune which noted “Skillman has crafted a poignant portrait of a family that can't run away from its own desires or demons — they simply have to learn how to find new songs for old pain.” Her three recent plays, King Kirby, co-written with Fred Van Lente, Geek! and Cut, have all earned Critics Picks from The New York Times. Wild, now available from Chicago Dramaworks, earned three 2014 New York Innovation Theater Award nominations for its sold out production at IRT Theater (following a critically successful run in Chicago and Off Broadway in MCC Theater’s Playlabs at the Lucille Lortel.) Skillman’s other plays include: The Vigil or The Guided Cradle, winner of the 2010 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Full-Length Script, and her new plays, Rain and Zoe Save the World, about two teenage activists on a cross-country mission and Pulp Vérité. Musicals with award-winning composer Bobby Cronin include: The Cover, and the musical theater adaption of the film Mary and Max. Awards include the 2015 Clifford Odets Ensemble Play Commission. Crystal is represented by Amy Wagner and Ron Gwiazda at Abrams Artists Agency in NY, and James Beresford with Shepard Management in the UK. She is a proud member of EST, where she started her career as a playwright in Youngblood. EST Productions/Commissions include: Tooth (Youngblood), Flow, and The Ballad of Phineas P. Gage (EST/Sloan Commission, HERE/Drama of Works Production). Other memberships include: Women’s Project Lab and the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab. Her work can be found at her publisher Samuel French, as well as indietheaternow.com. Crystal teaches playwriting at Pace Univeristy.  


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