Anna Moench

Anna Moench

Anna Moench's awards include fellowships from the New York Foundation of the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, and the Van Lier Foundation, the Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Award from the Kennedy Center, East West Players' 2042: See Change Award, the Jerome Foundation's 2009 Travel Grant, the 2010 T.S. Eliot Exchange with the Old Vic, two EST/Sloan Commissions, and commissions from the Japanese...
Anna Moench's awards include fellowships from the New York Foundation of the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, and the Van Lier Foundation, the Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Award from the Kennedy Center, East West Players' 2042: See Change Award, the Jerome Foundation's 2009 Travel Grant, the 2010 T.S. Eliot Exchange with the Old Vic, two EST/Sloan Commissions, and commissions from the Japanese American National Museum and East West Players, NYU Tisch, 2G, Keen Teens, and Red Fern. Anna’s plays have been produced at WalkerSpace, the Old Vic, 59E59, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Flea, Cohesion Theatre Company, NYU Tisch, Indiana University of PA, Dance Theater Workshop, Dixon Place, The Kraine, The Looking Glass Theatre, and FringeNYC. Anna has been a writer in residence at Yaddo, BRIC Arts, Baltimore's CENTERSTAGE, the Tofte Lake Center, and the Vineyard Arts Project. Her published plays are BACKWARDS AT THE SPEED OF LIGHT (Playscripts), THE FOREST FOR THE TREES (Vintage Books), and A POLAR BEAR IN NEW JERSEY (Samuel French). Anna is an alumna of the Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater, Youngblood at Ensemble Studio Theatre, and The Jam at New Georges. Current and upcoming projects include RESIDENCE ELSEWHERE in Los Angeles, a residency with Cohesion Theatre Company in Baltimore, and a production of her play BIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA at Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company. She is currently a second-year MFA playwright at UCSD, and was named one of Hollywood's top 100 new writers on the 2016 Young and Hungry List.

Plays

  • Mothers
    Three moms, a stay-at-home dad, and a nanny watch their kids play at Mommy-Baby Meetup. One mom is the queen bee and one is here to shake things up. The dad just wants to fit in, and the nanny doesn’t say a word. When catastrophe comes, the five of them have to figure out how to survive a war and each other. MOTHERS examines the primal heartache of raising children in a disintegrating world.
  • Man of God
    A Korean Christian girls’ youth group discovers that their revered pastor has hidden a camera in their hotel bathroom on their mission trip to Bangkok. MAN OF GOD is a funny feminist thriller about that moment when girls realize the male gaze has been watching all along—and decide they’re definitely gonna do something about it.
  • Birds of North America
    John and his daughter Caitlyn are birders. As they scan the skies over their backyard in suburban Maryland looking for elusive birds, years go by. Relationships begin and end. Children grow up and parents age. The climate and the world change in small and vast ways. BIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA takes a close look at the relationship of a father and daughter over the course of a decade as they struggle to understand...
    John and his daughter Caitlyn are birders. As they scan the skies over their backyard in suburban Maryland looking for elusive birds, years go by. Relationships begin and end. Children grow up and parents age. The climate and the world change in small and vast ways. BIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA takes a close look at the relationship of a father and daughter over the course of a decade as they struggle to understand the parts of one another that defy understanding.
  • Sin Eaters
    Mary is a content moderator, one of the unseen people who scrub our social media feeds of violent, sexual, and otherwise disturbing imagery. As she goes deeper and deeper into the dark rabbit hole of unfiltered human depravity that is the internet, she finds a graphic video that makes her question her relationship, her sanity, and her own capacity for violence. By plunging us into a job where technology meets...
    Mary is a content moderator, one of the unseen people who scrub our social media feeds of violent, sexual, and otherwise disturbing imagery. As she goes deeper and deeper into the dark rabbit hole of unfiltered human depravity that is the internet, she finds a graphic video that makes her question her relationship, her sanity, and her own capacity for violence. By plunging us into a job where technology meets drudgery, SIN EATERS examines how our daily toil transforms us from the outside in.