Jacqueline Goldfinger (she/they) grew up in rural North Florida with a love of music and storytelling. Today, she is an award-winning opera and choral librettist, playwright, dramaturg, and teaching artist who seeks out unique collaborations, working across disciplines to create singular works of theater and opera. She works nationally and internationally on performative texts which interweave humor and...
Jacqueline Goldfinger (she/they) grew up in rural North Florida with a love of music and storytelling. Today, she is an award-winning opera and choral librettist, playwright, dramaturg, and teaching artist who seeks out unique collaborations, working across disciplines to create singular works of theater and opera. She works nationally and internationally on performative texts which interweave humor and heartbreak, speaking to our shared humanity while honoring the nuanced identities of each character. She is an Affiliated Artist at the BMI Lehman Engel Workshop, New Georges, Opera America, and the National New Play Network. She holds a BA from Agnes Scott College and a MFA from the University of Southern California.
Her opera and choral libretti have been performed and broadcast around the world. Her new opera, Alice Tierney, with Composer Dr. Melissa Dunphy won the Opera America Discovery Grant and the Schlichting Commission. It will world premiere at Oberlin Opera and then will move to Opera Columbus in 2023.
Her plays have won the Yale Drama Prize, Smith Prize, Generations Award, Brown Martin Award, and Barrymore Award. Her plays have been on The Kilroy’s List. She’s been a Finalist for the LAMBDA Literary Award, Henley Award, Woodward-Newman Award, and received a Special Citation from the McNally Award. She has been nominated for the James Tait Prize, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Horton Foote Prize, Weissberger Award, among others.
Her work has been produced by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Court Theatre (New Zealand), École nationale de théâtre (Canada), Decameron Opera Project, Resonance Works, San Diego Opera, La Jolla Playhouse, Without Walls Festival, FringeArts, Perseverance Theatre, Hangar Theatre, Seattle Public Theatre, and others. Her plays have been developed at The National Theater (UK), New Georges, La Mama (Umbria & NYC), Sewanee Writers Conference, McCarter Theatre, Wilma Theatre, Disquiet (Portugal) and others. Her choral work has been performed and broadcast by BBC Radio 3 (UK), Voces8 (UK), St. Martin in the Fields (UK), Amuse Singers NYC, Mendelssohn Choruses all over the U.S., and others.
Her creative work has been published by Yale Press, Edition Peters, Concord Theatricals (formerly Samuel French), Playscripts, Smith & Krause, Mormolyke Press, Stage Partners, Applause Cinema & Theater Books, and Blackbird Literary Journal. Her creative work has been supported by Yaddo, National Endowment for the Arts, Millay Colony, Sloan Foundation, Orchard Project, Drama League, Granada Artist Residency, Independence Foundation Fellowship, among others.
As a dramaturg, she has worked with La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, Native Voices, PlayPenn, New Village Arts, and others. In 2021-2022, she is the LMDA (Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas) International Conference Chair.
Her academic writing on the performing arts includes her two books, Playwriting with Purpose and Writing Adaptations and Translations for the Stage (co-written with Allison Horsley), published by Routledge. She has also written articles for The Dramatist, Journal of Theory and Dramatic Criticism, August Wilson Journal, TCG’s Audience Revolution Series, and others. She has moderated panels and interviews for Innovations in Socially Distant Performance at Princeton University, Kelly Writer’s House at University of Pennsylvania, Alliance for Jewish Theatre National Conference, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas International Conference, What's Next in the Arts: Creative Conversations Symposium, Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, and others.
She has taught playwriting and dramaturgy at Temple University (MFA/MA), University of Pennsylvania (undergraduate), Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center (National Theatre Institute), University of California, Davis (graduate), Dramatists Guild (Dramatists Guild Institute), Rutgers Writers Conference (public), and others. She co-founded The Foundry in Philadelphia with playwrights Michael Hollinger and Quinn Eli. The Foundry is a playwright mentorship and development organization which helps diversify the field by offering opportunities to promising emerging writers for free. She was awarded a Special Citation for Teaching and Mentoring by LMDA (the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas) in 2019.
She is a member of professional organizations including ATHE, LMDA, Dramatists Guild, League of Professional Theatre Women, and the Alliance for Jewish Theatre.