Talya Kingston

Talya Kingston

Talya Kingston is a dramaturg, playwright and educator with a particular interest in new play development and theatre for social change. She is the Associate Artistic Director of WAM Theatre in Lenox, Massachusetts. Prior to joining WAM, she was a Visiting Professor of Theatre at Hampshire College. She has also held the positions of Education Director at Hartford Stage and of Educational Programs Coordinator...
Talya Kingston is a dramaturg, playwright and educator with a particular interest in new play development and theatre for social change. She is the Associate Artistic Director of WAM Theatre in Lenox, Massachusetts. Prior to joining WAM, she was a Visiting Professor of Theatre at Hampshire College. She has also held the positions of Education Director at Hartford Stage and of Educational Programs Coordinator at the New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco. Talya is originally from Britain and returned for five recent summers to co-teach a University of Massachusetts course at the Edinburgh Festival. Talya’s writing on theatre has appeared in Theater Journal, The Moving Voice, European Stages, HowlRound, and the Valley Advocate. Her professional dramaturgy credits include: the premiere of Eve Ensler’s Necessary Targets at Hartford Stage/Variety Arts Theatre, the US premiere of Helmet by Douglas Maxwell at the New York Fringe Festival, an immersive production of The Lonely Soldier Project by Helen Benedict, Seriously... What Did You Call Me? written and performed by Onawumni Jean Moss at the Ko Festival and Late Style, a stage adaptation of conversations between Edward Said and Daniel Barenboim featuring performances by members of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Talya is a member of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas and the Northampton Playwrights Lab, and holds an MFA in dramaturgy from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Plays

  • Campus Unrest
    Mia arrives full of excitement and hope for her Professorship at a prestigious New England College. She soon discovers that while in Britain it was enough for her to lecture about identity politics, in America she is expected to embody her politics. Her partner Kwame initially finds a community in the campus Black Lives Matter movement, but Mia is increasingly intimidated by the spectre of the beloved gender...
    Mia arrives full of excitement and hope for her Professorship at a prestigious New England College. She soon discovers that while in Britain it was enough for her to lecture about identity politics, in America she is expected to embody her politics. Her partner Kwame initially finds a community in the campus Black Lives Matter movement, but Mia is increasingly intimidated by the spectre of the beloved gender studies professor that she is replacing.
  • Wave goodbye
    Byrony and Celeste have grown up on the shores of an atoll nation in the South Pacific. While they appreciate the island's beauty, they are growing frustrated by its limitations. As a storm approaches, the girls are pulled between their understanding of the science of climate change and local custom. However, the wave they meet is like them: afraid and angry. Meeting the wave forces Celeste to confront...
    Byrony and Celeste have grown up on the shores of an atoll nation in the South Pacific. While they appreciate the island's beauty, they are growing frustrated by its limitations. As a storm approaches, the girls are pulled between their understanding of the science of climate change and local custom. However, the wave they meet is like them: afraid and angry. Meeting the wave forces Celeste to confront her private grief at the loss of her mother, and inspires Byrony to speak up publicly, carrying her all the way to the 2015 signing of the United Nations Climate Accord in Paris. Inspired by the true story of Selina Leem from the Marshall Islands, who at eighteen became a spokesperson on rising tides
  • Sheryl Addresses The PTA
    Sheryl has a fresh new fundraising idea to pitch to the rest of the PTO – buy more guns.
  • Anxiety Overdrive
    Three Americans are dealing with overwhelming social and political anxiety in different ways: Lynn is protesting every day on the town common, Gil has gone into hiding in the woods and Mary-Jo has turned to the DMV for answers.
  • Wishing On Satellites
    Hero is lost in a foreign city. Her GPS has reached its limits. A passing drone offers to help.