“There is a certain embarrassment about being a storyteller in these times when stories are considered not quite as satisfying as statements and statements not quite as satisfying as statistics; but in the long run, a people is known, not by its statements or its statistics, but by the stories it tells.” -Flannery O’Connor
Jacqueline Goldfinger (she/her/hers) is a playwright, dramaturg, and co-Founder of The Foundry @ PlayPenn. She grew up in the rural South and prefers all things fried. You can read her work on the New Play Exchange.
She is an Afffiliated Artist at New Georges and the Lark Playwright’s Center in New York. She is a member of the writers’ labs at Azuka Theatre in Philadelphia and The Barrow Group in New York. She won the Yale Drama Prize, Smith Prize, Brown Martin Award, Barrymore Award, and Philadelphia Critics Award. She's been nominated for the Weissberger Award, Blackburn Prize, and Foote Prize, and was a Finalist at the 2018 International Book Awards.
Her plays have been developed by theaters including: New Georges, The National Theatre/London, Wilma Theatre, The Kennedy Center, La MaMa, Disquiet/Lisbon, Florida Studio Theatre, Westport Playhouse, and Kansas City Rep. Her plays have been produced by theaters including: Perseverance Theatre, Capital Stage, Azuka Theatre, Seattle Public, Manhattan Theatre Works, and the NYC International Fringe Festival. Her plays are published by Yale Press, Samuel French, Playscripts, and others. Her work has been supported by Yaddo, NEA, Audrey Residency, TThe Drama League, Emerson Stage, PlayPenn, Sewanee Writers Conference, 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 teaches undergraduate playwriting at University of Pennsylvania and in the MFA Playwriting Program at Temple University. 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. Full CV available upon request.