Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Kicking Off 2015...Playwright KRISTOFFER DIAZ (NYC, USA)

What do you hope to gain from this project?
It's just great to connect with writers from across the world, collaborating to make something that crosses all imaginable borders. 

What makes a great play in your country?
Impossible to answer, as this country has a wide range of aesthetic tastes. For me, a great play is one that feels like nothing else out there.

How do you wake up?
To the sounds of my son yelling: "Daddy! Dad! It's daytime!"

How old or young are you?
37, which honestly feels ancient. 

Kristoffer Diaz (NYC, USA) is a playwright and educator living and working in Brooklyn. Full-length titles include The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Diety, Welcome to Arroyo’s, The Upstairs Concierge, and The Unfortunates. Awards: 2011 New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award; finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama; winner, 2011 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play; winner, 2011 OBIE Award, Best New American Play; and the inaugural Gail Merrifield Papp Fellowship from The Public Theater (2011). His work has been produced, commissioned, and developed at The Public Theatre, Dallas Theatre Center, Geffen Playhouse, Center Theatre Group, The Goodman, Second Stage, Victory Gardens, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Actors Theatre of Louisville, among many others. He is a playwright-in-residence at Teatro Vista; a resident playwright at New Dramatists; a co-founder of the Unit Collective (Minneapolis); the creator of the #freescenes project; and a recipient of the Jerome Fellowship, the Future Aesthetics Artist Regrant and the Van Lier Fellowship (New Dramatists). Kristoffer holds a BA from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, an MFA from NYU’s Department of Dramatic Writing, and an MFA from Brooklyn College’s Performing Arts Management program.

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