Alice Eve Cohen
Alice Eve Cohen is a playwright, solo theatre artist, and author. Winner of the 2019 Jane Chambers Playwriting Award for her play, IN THE CERVIX OF OTHERS. Her plays and solo works have been produced at theatres and festivals around the country, and she has toured her solo shows on four continents. Cohen has written television for Nickelodeon, CBS and CTW. She received a BA in Anthropology and Theatre from...
Alice Eve Cohen is a playwright, solo theatre artist, and author. Winner of the 2019 Jane Chambers Playwriting Award for her play, IN THE CERVIX OF OTHERS. Her plays and solo works have been produced at theatres and festivals around the country, and she has toured her solo shows on four continents. Cohen has written television for Nickelodeon, CBS and CTW. She received a BA in Anthropology and Theatre from Princeton and an MFA from The New School. She teaches playwriting and creative writing in the Creative Writing Program of The New School in NYC.
Her play, WHAT I THOUGHT I KNEW, adapted from her award-winning memoir, (Winner of the Elle Literary Grand Prix for Nonfiction, Oprah magazine’s 25 Best Books of Summer, Salon's Best Books of the Year), is a darkly comic story about her unexpected pregnancy and the terrifying odyssey that ensued. The play has been produced by Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company (2018), The Kitchen Theatre Company, and the All for One festival at the Cherry Lane Theatre. The Jane Chambers Playwriting Award awarded What I Thought I Knew Honorable Mention, calling it “challenging, beautiful, and defiantly funny." It was an O’Neill finalist and was nominated for two Broadway World Awards. “Hilarious, heartbreaking, hopeful and devastating all at once.”—Minnesota Post, THE PICKS
Cohen is a member of the EST Playwrights Unit and a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect. WHAT I THOUGHT I KNEW and OTHER PLAYS, a collection of four of Cohen’s solo plays, was published by NoPassport Press. Her second memoir, The Year My Mother Came Back, was published by Algonquin; the audiobook, read by the author, was published by Highbridge.
“So vivid, so immediate, so complex, so full of compassion… This is what theater can be.”—Tompkins Weekly, Ithaca
“This play takes us on a gripping ride."—Minnesota Star Tribune, BEST OF THE WEEK
"While filled with Cohen’s characteristic warmth and humor, What I Thought I Knew indicts the health care system."—Jewish Week
“Joyful, heart-breaking, moving”—Cherry and Spoon, Minneapolis
“Throws the insanity of the American health care system into sharp relief…sobering and thought-provoking.”—City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"Profound… [a] darkly comedic reframing of iconic feminist questions around choice, parenting, and women's health… Challenging, beautiful, and defiantly funny "—Jane Chambers Award, Honorable Mention for new feminist plays
THIN WALLS, produced by The Kitchen Theatre, The New Georges, and the Women’s Project, has toured internationally: “A little show, but with such a big, embracing heart,” The Guardian (London). "Gripping..." The New York Times
Her time-traveling, political one-act, MRS. SATAN & THE NASTY WOMAN, commissioned and produced by The Kitchen Theatre Company, was written in response to the 2016 presidential election.
Cohen’s plays and solo works include:
Mrs. Satan & The Nasty Woman, What I Thought I Knew, Thin Walls, Oklahoma Samovar, Hannah and the Hollow Challah, Without Heroes, Jessica’s Cervix, The Play that Knows What You Want, In the Cervix of Others, Philomela’s Tapestry, The Parrot, The Balinese Frog Prince, Book of Truth, Book of Lies, Goliath on 74th Street vs. the Woman Who Loved Vegetables, The Owl Was a Baker’s Daughter, The Animator.
Her work has been presented at:
Dance Theatre Workshop, Cherry Lane Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop’s “Just Add Water” and “O Solo Mio” Festivals, The New Georges, The Kitchen Theatre, HERE Arts Center, 78th Street Theatre Lab, The Women’s Project & Productions, Theatre for the New City, La Mama, Franklin Furnace, Bayview Women’s Prison, Albuquerque’s KiMo Theatre, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Hudson Opera House, Manhattan Punch Line, Proctors Theatre, National Foundation for Jewish Culture, Syracuse Civic Center, Artscape, Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival, LA Women’s Theatre Festival, Barnard College, Princeton University, Dartmouth College, University of Michigan, University of Baltimore, Fordham, Purchase College, Smithsonian Institution’s Discovery Theatre, Annenberg Center, Rochester Museum, American Museum of Natural History
Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Galway Theatre Festival, Jerusalem’s Theatre Bama, Trinidad’s Astor Theatre, and Oslo Theatre Festival, among others.
Awards include two fellowships in playwriting and in literature from the New York State Council on the Arts; 4 fellowships from VCCA, production grants for her plays from NEA, NYSCA, ASCAP, Ms. Foundation, Meet the Composer, and Poets and Writers; Jane Chambers Award Winner and Jane Chambers Award Honorable Mention; Dance Theatre Workshop First Night Award; two Broadway World nominations; 2-time O’Neill finalist; Kennedy Center's American Opera Initiative Program librettist finalist; VoiceOver Screenwriting award of the School of Media Studies; and a special Emmy Award citation for her original musical score. She has enjoyed arts residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Voice & Vision's Envision Retreat for women theatre artists.
Ms. Cohen is a part-time Associate Teaching Professor at The New School, where she teaches playwriting and creative writing. She has taught at University of Michigan, University of Arizona, and Columbia Teachers College. As a teaching artist, she has led performance and writing workshops for children and adults in schools nationwide. Her writing about arts in education has been published in nine languages, and she was the writer-in-residence at the Frank McCourt High School for Writing and Journalism.
As an undergrad, Cohen co-founded a Jewish theatre company with fellow students. After graduating, she joined The Talking Band theatre company, and she performed in and music directed Joseph Chaikin’s production of The Dybbuk at The Public Theatre. She co-founded Practical Cats Theatre, which produced and toured thirty experimental performance works combining theatre, dance, music, and film. She has composed music for plays and films and was a member of the band, Music for Homemade Instruments.
Cohen received her undergraduate degree in Cultural Anthropology and Theatre from Princeton University, an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School, and a screenwriting certificate from the School of Media Studies. She teaches creative writing and playwriting at The New School and lives with her family in NYC.