Eleanor Burgess

Eleanor Burgess

Eleanor Burgess was the recipient of the 2016 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Award, for the best play by a student receiving an MFA in playwriting in the U.S. in 2015. Her play START DOWN, an examination of education reform told through the lens of an entrepreneur’s relationship with a teacher, premiered at the Alliance Theatre in February of 2016 and went on to a subsequent production at...
Eleanor Burgess was the recipient of the 2016 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Award, for the best play by a student receiving an MFA in playwriting in the U.S. in 2015. Her play START DOWN, an examination of education reform told through the lens of an entrepreneur’s relationship with a teacher, premiered at the Alliance Theatre in February of 2016 and went on to a subsequent production at Centenary Stage Company in April. Other plays have been produced by Merrimack Repertory Theatre, the Last Act Theatre Company, Crashbox Theater, the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival, the Boston Theatre Marathon, and Everyday Inferno, and developed at the Kennedy Center/NNPN MFA Playwrights Workshop, Huntington Theatre Company, and Luna Stage. She has been the recipient of an EST/Sloan Commission, the Susan Glaspell Award for Women Playwrights, and a Playwriting Fellowship at the Huntington Theatre, and a member of the writers’ group at the Arcola Theatre in London. Originally from Brookline Massachusetts, she holds a B.A. in history from Yale College and an M.F.A in Dramatic Writing from NYU/Tisch. She has taught U.S., World, European and Islamic history in Boston, London, and New Haven.

Plays

  • Chill
    On a Friday night in the Spring of 2001, four teenagers have gathered to hang out and blow off some steam. Jenn likes Ethan. Ethan likes Alli. Alli likes Stu. Stu has a girlfriend. None of them can decide which movie to watch from the pile they got at Blockbuster. Over the course of the evening, they all break each others' hearts in a million tiny little way. Ten years later, they reunite to try and do it...
    On a Friday night in the Spring of 2001, four teenagers have gathered to hang out and blow off some steam. Jenn likes Ethan. Ethan likes Alli. Alli likes Stu. Stu has a girlfriend. None of them can decide which movie to watch from the pile they got at Blockbuster. Over the course of the evening, they all break each others' hearts in a million tiny little way. Ten years later, they reunite to try and do it all again.
  • Start Down
    Inspired by his girlfriend who's a public school teacher, a San Francisco programmer has an idea for a startup that will help teachers in the classroom. But as the company begins to take off, it becomes unclear whether the software will help teachers - or replace them.
  • These Dying Generations
    When Annabel Foley refuses treatment after a stroke, her estranged daughter Helen bribes the beloved granddaughter, Madison - a semi-employed millenial musician from Brooklyn – to take on the role of caregiver. But as the experience brings Annabel and Madison closer, how will Helen compete with her own daughter for her family's love?
  • Mocha
    When a film star arrives in Indonesia to adopt a baby, she attracts the interest of a journalist who questions her motivations, a bureaucrat who hopes to use her to publicize the islands, and a foster father who believes that her personal life leaves her little room for a child. Meanwhile, an infertile American couple struggles through the traditional adoption process, which begins to reveal serious rifts in...
    When a film star arrives in Indonesia to adopt a baby, she attracts the interest of a journalist who questions her motivations, a bureaucrat who hopes to use her to publicize the islands, and a foster father who believes that her personal life leaves her little room for a child. Meanwhile, an infertile American couple struggles through the traditional adoption process, which begins to reveal serious rifts in their dream of becoming parents together.