Jacqueline Goldfinger's a playwright, storyteller and poet.
She has won the Yale-Horn Drama Prize for Emerging Playwright, Smith Prize for Political Theater, a Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play and Philadelphia Critics Award for Best New Play, nominated for the Weissberger Award and the Blackburn Prize, and received a Commendation from the Terrence McNally Award. Her plays include Babel (NNPN/Florida Studio Theatre Residency), Bottle Fly (The National Theatre New Work Studio/London, Wilma Theatre 's HotHouse, PlayPenn New Play Conference), The Arsonists (Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage, La MaMa International Writers Showcase, NNPN Showcase, Sewanee Writers Conference, Disquiet/Lisbon, Kenyon Playwrights Conference, Perseverance Theatre, Azuka Theatre, Capital Stage, Know Theatre, Benchmark Theatre), Click (Theatre Exile's X-hibition Series, Emerson Stage Residency, Drama League Residency), Skin & Bone (Azuka Theatre, Bloomsberg Theatre Ensemble, Orlando Shakespeare PlayFest, Arden Theatre Writer’s Room), Slip/Shot (Seattle Public, Flashpoint Theatre, PlayPenn New Play Conference, The Lark’s Playwrights Week), The Oath (Manhattan Theatre Works, Acadiana Rep, Last Frontier Writers Conference), and The Terrible Girls (Azuka Theatre, NYC International Fringe Festival, San Diego Playwrights Collective). Her work is published by Yale Press, Samuel French, Playscripts, and Smith & Kraus.
She has worked on public art projects with Philadelphia Young Playwrights, FringeArts/Reading Terminal Market, Missing Bolts/After Orlando, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
Her work has been supported by The Audrey Residency at New Georges, Yaddo Residency, National Endowment for the Arts ArtWorks Program, Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts, The Mitten Lab, The Harmony Lab @ People's Light and Theatre Company, The Producer’s Fund, Passage Theatre PlayLab, National New Play Network, Azuka Theatre Playwright-in-Residence Program, among others.
Being a teaching artist is deeply rooted in her practice. She enjoys working with both children and adults to crack open new worlds through theatrical exploration. She works with a wide range of educational organizations including University of Pennsylvania, McCarter Theatre, PlayPenn, Rutgers Writers Conference, and University of California, San Diego, University of the Arts, DataArts Education, and Philadelphia Young Playwrights. She is also a KC-ACTF traveling mentor and Co-Founder of The Foundry.
As a dramaturg she has worked with companies including PlayPenn, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Arden Theatre, North Coast Rep, Native Voices, La Jolla Playhouse (assistant dramaturg/artistic assistant) and Center Theatre Group (dramaturgy/new work intern). She sits on the Board of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA). She is also an artistic adviser to Orbiter 3, The Greenfield Collective, and Director's Gathering.
She's worked as a panel moderator and guest speaker. Past panels include Current State of Arts Journalism (Philadelphia Theatre Company), Shakespeare in Contemporary Practice (Annenberg Center/Kelly Writers House), and Working in the Arts (Agnes Scott College).
She holds a MFA in Screen and Television Writing from the University of Southern California, and a BA in English Literature-Theater from Agnes Scott College.
She is represented by Abrams Artist Agency.