Kira Rockwell

Kira Rockwell

Kira Rockwell is a neurodiverse playwright from the heart of Texas. She is an Artist Fellow in Dramatic Writing with the Mass Cultural Council, a Recipient of the Judith Royer Excellence in Playwriting Award, Second Place recipient of the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, Two-time Finalist for the Princess Grace Award, Two-time Finalist for the O’Neill NPC, Semi-Finalist for The Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm...
Kira Rockwell is a neurodiverse playwright from the heart of Texas. She is an Artist Fellow in Dramatic Writing with the Mass Cultural Council, a Recipient of the Judith Royer Excellence in Playwriting Award, Second Place recipient of the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, Two-time Finalist for the Princess Grace Award, Two-time Finalist for the O’Neill NPC, Semi-Finalist for The Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm, Two-time Semi-Finalist for the Blue Ink Playwriting Award, and more.

Her plays include OH TO BE PURE AGAIN (developed with MFA Playwrights’ Workshop, Great Plains Theatre Commons, and Actor's Express); THE TRAGIC ECSTASY OF GIRLHOOD (workshop premiere: Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, a Boston Globe Critic’s Pick, and Elliot Norton Nominee); NOMAD AMERICANA (world premiere: Fresh Ink Theatre); WICKED BITTER BEAST(S) (developed with The Theatre School at DePaul University); and WITH MY EYES SHUT (now available through Original Works Publishing).

Her work has also been developed with The Kennedy Center, National New Play Network, Last Frontier Theatre Conference, and Third Culture Theatre in partnership with HBO and Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network, among others. Rockwell is currently under commission with Ensemble Studio Theatre, and previously from Moonbox Productions. Rockwell received her BFA in Theatre Performance from Baylor University. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from Boston University.

Before graduate school, Rockwell worked at the intersection of mental health, youth development, and arts education. Through a trauma informed, healing centered lens, she aims to nurture communal spaces that disrupt passivity and empower agency. She currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her graphic designing husband and their sweet black lab, Koda.

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Plays

  • oh to be pure again
    Set during one hot Texas summer at a Neo-charismatic Christian church camp, this earnest drama follows the senior girls cabin along their journey to make an authentic connection with something bigger than themselves. A new play about female desire, submission, rebellion, and growing up in a religious culture that's obsessed with your sexual purity.
  • Wicked Bitter Beast(s)
    (draft #4 – this play is in early development)

    A latter-day morality play about (un)forgiveness that reverberates through time, space, and realms. Estranged from her family, Zoey is a prodigal daughter on the run from her evangelical past and the Hellmouth she must fight to find her way through. An unruly parable that beckons you to face the wicked bitter beast(s) in your own life, especially the...
    (draft #4 – this play is in early development)

    A latter-day morality play about (un)forgiveness that reverberates through time, space, and realms. Estranged from her family, Zoey is a prodigal daughter on the run from her evangelical past and the Hellmouth she must fight to find her way through. An unruly parable that beckons you to face the wicked bitter beast(s) in your own life, especially the one looking back in the mirror.
  • The Tragic Ecstasy of Girlhood
    After the sudden death of their housemate, four teenage girls living in a group home try to combat their grief and their guilt. A new poetic drama about the chrysalis of female adolescence that demands our attention be on the youth of America who are raising themselves in the shadows of a broken system.
  • Space Bound
    (draft #1.5 – this play is in early development)

    Rapidly expanding through the farm fields of central Texas is SpaceBound’s Rocket Development and Test Facility. This tender drama follows four siblings across the span of four Sunday mornings as they navigate their proximity to the billion-dollar commercial industry.

    SPACE BOUND was originally commissioned in 21/22 by The Ensemble...
    (draft #1.5 – this play is in early development)

    Rapidly expanding through the farm fields of central Texas is SpaceBound’s Rocket Development and Test Facility. This tender drama follows four siblings across the span of four Sunday mornings as they navigate their proximity to the billion-dollar commercial industry.

    SPACE BOUND was originally commissioned in 21/22 by The Ensemble Studio Theatre / Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project
  • Nomad Americana
    For years, Bridgette has been avoiding painful memories by traveling the country with her eccentric yogi family in an old RV selling soap. When they stop in a small Texas town, she strikes up a romance with a young dreamer who ignites her to question responsibilities to her family, and to herself. A new coming of agency tale about healing the wounds that holds us back from living out our destiny.
  • With My Eyes Shut
    ONE ACT PLAY: In this neurodivergent love story, Naomi and Cole will push the boundaries of compliance to find authentic connection and shatter the complacency of the disembodied voices running the show.

    now available through Original Works Publishing