Winter Miller is a founding member of the Obie-winning 13 Playwrights and was awarded a 2016 New York Foundation of the Arts grant. She is best known for her drama In Darfur which premiered at The Public Theater, followed by a standing room only performance at their 1800-seat Delacorte Theater in Central Park, a first for a play by a woman. In Darfur won the “Two-Headed Challenge” commission from the Guthrie...
Winter Miller is a founding member of the Obie-winning 13 Playwrights and was awarded a 2016 New York Foundation of the Arts grant. She is best known for her drama In Darfur which premiered at The Public Theater, followed by a standing room only performance at their 1800-seat Delacorte Theater in Central Park, a first for a play by a woman. In Darfur won the “Two-Headed Challenge” commission from the Guthrie and the Playwrights Center and has been produced nationally. She traveled with her then boss, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof to the Sudan border to research on the ground.
Other plays include: Spare Rib (Hon. Mention Relentless Award 2016 and Kilroy’s The List 2016, multiple benefit readings in NYC); No One is Forgotten (2017 National New Play Network conference 2017, Hon. Mention Kilroy’s List 2015, developed at Salt Lake Acting Company, Powerhouse, Magic Theatre, The Lark); Look at Us (Cherry Lane Mentor Project); The Penetration Play (13P, dir Josh Hecht); Seed (NYTW Mondays@3); The Arrival (NYTW Mondays@3); and the musical Amandine (Joe’s Pub with composer Lance Horne). A collection of short and very short plays including Colored, commissioned by The New Black Fest for Facing Our Truth: 10 minute Plays on Trayvon, Race and Privilege (National Black Theater, Center Theatre Group, The Public, Woolly Mammoth, The Goodman, Hansberry Project); plays about gun control for No Passport (community theaters and colleges); She created and produced Rape Aid at The New Ohio, a variety show about not raping which included the short This is How We Do It (dir. Gaye Taylor Upchurch).
Ms. Miller’s plays have been produced by The Public, 13P, Cherry Lane, New Black Fest, Joe’s Pub, CenterStage, TimeLine, Theater J, Keen, WAM, Geva, Horizon, The Landing and performed in London and Uganda. Samuel French, Playscripts, No Passport, Smith & Kraus’ Best Stage Scenes, Best Monologues, publish her plays. Ms. Miller’s monologue, Mother to Son, is in Eve Ensler’s anthology A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer and in Best Women’s Monologues of The Millennium.
Fellowships and residencies include: Sundance, Civilians R&D, Playwrights Center Core Writer, Salt Lake Acting Company, The Lark, Hedgebrook, Blue Mountain Center, Space on Ryder Farm, and the Cherry Lane Mentor Project. She is an affiliated artist with New Georges. Commissions include: Joe’s Pub, New Black Fest, CenterStage America, No Passport, Keen Company and Theatre Askew. MFA Playwriting, Columbia University, BA Smith College.
Ms. Miller has taught playwriting at The New School MFA, Primary Stages: ESPA, SUNY Purchase BFA, and led workshops for PlayPenn, Princeton, The Cherry Lane, The Playwrights Center, Girl Be Heard, The Atlantic Theatre, Sundance, NYTW’s “Mind the Gap,” Stella Adler, Theatre Askew, Keen, Arts Connection and with youth in refugee camps in Northern Uganda and Palestine. Ms. Miller is a Certified Core Energetics Facilitator from the Institute of Radical Aliveness. She leads frequent workshops in NYC, The Warrior Writing Intensive.
Voices of Uganda invited Ms. Miller to northern Uganda to write short plays for a group of youth in a refugee camp whose lives were devastated by the Lord’s Resistance Army and AIDS. The work is chronicled in the 2013 documentary After Kony: Staging Hope. Her monologue Lifelines, has been performed by legends Ruby Dee, Liv Ullman and Alison Janney.
Ms. Miller has 70+ bylines in the Metro, Arts, and Style sections of The New York Times. She has written articles for New York Magazine, The Boston Globe, and Variety. She was profiled in The New Yorker, Bomb, New York Magazine, NPR’s Brian Lehrer Show and Minnesota Public Radio. At Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Winter created Team Frontal, a mentorship program for marginalized TV comedy writers. Bells and whistles at www.wintermiller.com.