“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.
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 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, 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, 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.
She is currently commissioned by The Wilma Theatre, Arden Theater Company, Florida Studio Theatre, and the Madeleine L’Engle Estate.
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.
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, a free three year mentorship program for emerging playwrights.
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 and runs the playwriting resource, Page By Page. She has led playwriting workshops at The Kennedy Center, University of Pennsylvania, O’Neill Theater Center, University of Maryland, University of California (Davis & San Diego), and other institutions. In 2019, she received a Special Commendation from the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas’ Leon Katz Award for her work as an educator and mentor.
She is represented by The Gurman Agency.
Full CV available upon request.