Jacqueline Goldfinger (she/they) is a playwright and dramaturg. She grew up in the rural South and is primarily known for her work in the Southern Gothic genre. She has also written original plays across genres as well as adapted classic literature for the stage.
She is currently nominated for the 2020 Blackburn Prize for her new play, Click.
She teaches Playwriting and Dramaturgy in the MFA Theater Program at Temple University. She is a Mentor for the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival, Guest Faculty for NTI at the O’Neill Theatre Center, and curates the theater-makers resource, Page By Page.
She is an Affiliated Artist at New Georges, National New Play Network, and The Lark Playwright’s Center. She is a member of the writers’ labs at Azuka Theatre and The Barrow Group. She is currently commissioned by The Wilma Theatre, The Arden Theater, and Florida Studio Theater.
She won the Yale Drama Prize, Smith Prize, Generations Award, Brown Martin Award, Barrymore Award, and Philadelphia Critics Award. Her plays have been on The Kilroy’s List. She's been nominated for the Weissberger Award, Blackburn Prize, and Foote Prize. Her book, Bottle Fly, published by Yale Press, was a finalist at the International Book Awards.
Her plays have been developed at theaters including: New Georges, The National Theatre/London, Wilma Theatre, The Kennedy Center, La MaMa, Disquiet/Lisbon, McCarter Theater, Kitchen Dog Theater, Sacred Fools, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, and Kansas City Rep.
Her plays have been produced at theaters including: Perseverance Theatre, The Court Theatre/New Zealand, Capital Stage Company, The Seattle Public, Manhattan Theatre Works, Theatre Exile, Unicorn Theatre, Vortex Rep, and the NYC International Fringe Festival. She has created and staged site specific work for Fringe Arts, Philadelphia Academy of Fine Art, and Reading Terminal Market.
Her plays are published by Yale Press, Samuel French, Playscripts, Smith & Krause, and Blackbird Literary Journal. You can also read her work on the New Play Exchange.
Her work has been supported by Yaddo, National Endowment for the Arts, The Millay Colony, The Lark’s Playwrights Week, Audrey Residency, Drama League, Emerson Stage, PlayPenn New Play Conference, Sewanee Writers Conference, Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Independence Foundation, and The Mitten Lab, among others.
She is represented by The Gurman Agency.
Full CV available upon request.
Artistic Statement: I write deeply rooted characters with a sense of history whose urgency is reflected in contemporary issues and who also have a sense of humor about themselves and the world that opens audiences’ hearts to challenging perceived realities of gender, identity, and personhood.