“The writer operates at a peculiar crossroads where time and place and eternity somehow meet.” -Flannery O’Connor
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. Having spent her 20s self-producing in independent and fringe theater, she still finds it weird to work in spaces where there is an actual light grid and air conditioning. (If you don’t have to pee outside around a corner, is it really a performance space?)
She curates Page By Page, a monthly magazine with a focus on new work for theater artists. Her goal is to support all new work artists, with a special emphasis on supporting artists who live outside major theater centers (NYC, LA, Chicago) in order to encourage a wide range of American playwrights to find their voice.
She is an Affiliated Artist at New Georges Off-Broadway and The Lark Playwright’s Center. She is a member of the writers’ labs at Azuka Theatre in Philadelphia and The Barrow Group in NYC.
She won the Yale Drama Prize, Smith Prize, Generations Award, Brown Martin Award, Barrymore Award, and Philadelphia Critics Award. She's been nominated for the Weissberger Award, Blackburn Prize, and Foote Prize. She was an Honored Finalist at the WAMC Collaboration Awards and a Finalist at the Ryan Awards and 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, Florida Studio Theatre, Westport Playhouse, McCarter Theater, Sacred Fools, Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company, 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, Azuka Theatre, The Seattle Public, Manhattan Theatre Works, Theatre Exile, North Coast Repertory Theatre, Acadia Repertory Theatre, Simpatico Theatre, Know Theatre, Denizen Theatre, Thrown Stone Theatre, Philadelphia Fringe Arts Festival, and the NYC International Fringe Festival.
She is currently commissioned by The Wilma Theatre, Arden Theater Company, Madeleine L’Engle Estate/Stage Partners, and the National New Play Network.
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, NEA, The Millay Colony, The Lark’s Playwrights Week and Roundtable Reading Series, Audrey Residency @ New Georges, The Drama League, Emerson Stage, PlayPenn, Sewanee Writers Conference, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Independence Foundation, and The Mitten Lab, among others.
As a dramaturg, she has worked with companies including PlayPenn, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Native Voices, and La Jolla Playhouse (assistant dramaturg). She co-Founded The Foundry @ PlayPenn.
She teaches playwriting at University of Pennsylvania and in the MFA Theater Collaboration Program at Temple University. She is also a Mentor for the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival. She sits on the Boards of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas and The Directors Gathering. She is a member of The Dramatists Guild, the International Centre for Women Playwrights, and the Girl Scouts of America. She has a MFA from the University of Southern California and a BA from Agnes Scott College.