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  • Alice Cohen

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    Alice Cohen


    Alice Eve Cohen is a playwright, author, solo theatre artist, and proud recipient of The New School 2020 Distinguished Teaching Award. She won the 2019 Jane Chambers feminist Playwriting Award for her play In the Cervix of Others, which will be featured at the 2021 International Women Playwrights Conference in Montreal, and her plays have been performed for over 250,000 people on four continents. Her first memoir, What I Though I Knew (Viking), won the Elle Literary Grand Prix for Nonfiction and Oprah Magazine's 25 Best Books of summer; her solo theatre adaptation of the memoir has been produced nationally, and the book been optioned for a feature film. Cohen's books are published by Penguin and Algonquin and her plays and monologues are published by NoPassport Press and Applause Theatre Books. She has written children's television for Nickelodeon, CTW, and CBS. In addition to teaching creative writing and playwriting at The New School, she teaches at Augsburg University's Creative Writing MFA program and is a guest artist at University of Michigan. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School and a BA in anthropology and theatre from Princeton University. Visit her at


    Degrees Held

    MFA in Creative Writing, The New School

    BA, Princeton University

    Certificate in Screenwriting, School for Media Studies

    Certificate in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) The New School

    Professional Affiliation

    Ensemble Studio Theatre (lifetime member)

    EST Playwrights Unit

    Authors Guild

    Dramatists Guild

    Usual Suspect, New York Theatre Workshop

    Honor Roll! (women playwrights over 40)



    Recent Publications

    Plays recently published on the New Play Exchange include:






    "Sunday Arrival" short essay in The New York Times, 2019

    What I Thought I Knew and Other Plays by Alice Eve Cohen, NoPassport Press (2017)

    "When the Moon Fit in My Window" essay published in anthology, "The House That Made Me: Writers Reflect on the Places and People that Defined Them" published by SparkPress 2016

    The Year My Mother Came Back, a memoir, Algonquin Books (2015)


    Performances and Appearances

    Cohen's plays have received performances, readings, and critically acclaimed productions at numerous venues, including (partial list)

    The Kitchen Theatre (Ithaca),

    Jewish Repertory Theatre of Western NY (Buffalo),

    Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company (St Paul),

    2021 Women Playwrights International Conference in Montreal, CA,

    ATHE 2019 Conference (Association of Theatre in Higher Education) in Orlando,

    Princeton University,

    University of Michigan,

    American Opera Projects,

    Primary Stages ESPA,

    Ensemble Studio Theatre Playwrights Unit,

    New York Theatre Workshop,

    New Georges,

    Hudson Opera House,

    International festivals and theatres in Israel, Norway, Trinidad, Scotland, and Ireland,

    Panel moderator/organizer/participant:

    Princeton University She Roars Conference; 

    AWP Conferences (Associated Writing Programs) in DC, LA, Portland Oregon, and San Antonio;

    The New School Creative Writing Program guest author / interviewee

    Guest writer and faculty:

    Augsburg University MFA Creative Writing Program

    University of Michigan

    Pace College

    University of Arizona Desert Nights Creative Writing Conference in, Tempe, Arizona.

    Workshops and courses include (partial list)

    Writers Gym

    Playwriting from Personal Experience

    Creative Nonfiction

    Intro to Playwriting



    Personal Essay

    Documentary theatre

    Writing protest plays

    Writing With All Five Senses

    One Story, Two Points of View: Writing from Multiple Perspectives

    Writing Monologue: How Language Defines Character

    Writing what you know AND what you imagine

    Solo Theatre

    Oral History


    Writers Gym

    Playwriting from Personal Experience

    Writing from Myth



    Research Interests

    Solo Theatre, documentary theatre, political theatre, 20th century theatre and performance art, plays and playwrights, memoir, fiction, feminism, the intersection of ageism and sexism

    Awards And Honors




    * O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, 2-time finalist
    * ELLE Magazine Literary Grand Prize: Best Non-Fiction Book of the Year
    * Oprah magazine 25 BEST BOOKS OF SUMMER
    * SALON.COM, Best Books of the Year

    * Nominated for 5 Broadway World Awards, including Best Play
    * Indie Next List Notables
    * VCCA Fellow
    * JANE CHAMBERS Playwriting Award, 2016 Honorable Mention
    * Playwriring Fellowships, NYS Council on the Arts

    * Literature Fellowship, NYS Council on the Arts

    * Production grants NYS Council on the Arts and NEA
    * A Year of Reading: Best First Lines of 2015
    * 10 BEST BOOKS OF 2015, The Winnsboro News (Texas)

    Current Courses

    Playwriting from Personal Exp.

    Playwriting from Personal Exp. (Fall 2019)

    Riggio Honors Program: Thesis

    Writers Gym (Fall 2019)

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