B.F.A. in Dramatic Writing, NYU
Department Head, MFA PlaywritingProfile:
Christopher Shinn was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and lives in New York City. He has written many plays, including Four, Other People, The Coming World, What Didn't Happen, On the Mountain, Where Do We Live, Dying City, Now or Later, Picked, and Teddy Ferrara.
His plays have been produced at the Royal Court, Lincoln Center Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, the Vineyard Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Goodman Theatre, South Coast Rep, and the Soho Theatre, among others. His adaptation of Hedda Gabler for the Roundabout premiered on Broadway in 2009. His plays are published in the US by TCG, in the UK by Methuen, and in acting editions from Dramatists Play Service and Playscripts.
Shinn has received an Obie in Playwriting and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 2008 and shortlisted for the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Play in 2009. He has received grants from the NEA/TCG Residency Program and the Peter S. Reed Foundation, and he is recipient of the Robert S. Chesley Award. His non-fiction has appeared in the Guardian, the Economist, and the Index on Censorship.