Sheri Wilner's plays include Father Joy, Hunger, Bake Off, Labor Day, Relative Strangers, Moving Shortly, Little Death of a Salesman, The Unknown Part of the Ocean, Hell and Back, The Bushesteia, Equilibrium, The First Night of Chanukah, The End and Joan of Arkansas.
Her work has been performed at major regional and national theatres including the Guthrie Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Summer Play Festival, Naked Angels, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Contemporary American Theater Festival, The Women's Project, New Georges, Rattlestick Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, O'Neill Playwrights' Conference, Primary Stages, City Theatre, Illusion Theater, Emigrant Theatre and the History Theatre. In addition, Father Joy was developed by the Old Vic/New Voices program in London.
Playwriting awards include a Howard Foundation Fellowship, a Bush Artist Fellowship, two Playwrights' Center Jerome Fellowships and two Heideman Awards, granted by the Actors Theatre of Louisville; in 1998 for Labor Day, which premiered at the 1999 Humana Festival, and in 2001 for Bake Off, which premiered at the 2002 Humana Festival. Her work has been published in over a dozen anthologies including New Playwrights: The Best New Plays of 1999; The Best One-Act Plays from the Women's Project, and The Best American Short Plays 2000-2001, among others. In addition, Playscripts.com has published twelve of her one-acts, which have received over one hundred productions all over the United States as well as in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Japan, United Kingdom and India.
She is currently a Visiting Professor in Playwriting at Florida State University's MFA Dramatic Writing Program in Tallahassee. She has also taught playwriting at the Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts in New York and has conducted playwriting classes and workshops at University of California, Santa Barbara; Cornell University; University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program; and Whitman College.
She attended Cornell University and received her MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University.