Kira Rockwell

Kira Rockwell

Kira Rockwell is a Boston-based playwright from North Texas. She is the 2019 recipient of the Judith Royer Award of Excellence in Playwriting. In most recent news, her play THE TRAGIC ECSTASY OF GIRLHOOD is the second place recipient of the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, and the National Winner of The Bridge Initiative’s Bechdel Test Fest, as well as being shortlisted for PlayPenn and a semi-finalist for the O’...
Kira Rockwell is a Boston-based playwright from North Texas. She is the 2019 recipient of the Judith Royer Award of Excellence in Playwriting. In most recent news, her play THE TRAGIC ECSTASY OF GIRLHOOD is the second place recipient of the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, and the National Winner of The Bridge Initiative’s Bechdel Test Fest, as well as being shortlisted for PlayPenn and a semi-finalist for the O’Neill Center. Her latest play, OH TO BE PURE AGAIN, will be developed this summer at the 2019 Playwrights' Workshop with the Kennedy Center and NNPN.

Other plays include, WITH MY EYES SHUT (Last Frontier Theatre Conference, 2018 Best in Dance & Physical Theatre at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, WaterTower Theatre’s Out of the Loop Fringe Festival), NOMAD AMERICANA (World Premiere: Fresh Ink Theatre). Her plays have been developed and or produced by the Kennedy Center, NNPN, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts, Fresh Ink Theatre, and Third Culture Theatre in collaboration with Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network and HBO.

Kira holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Baylor University. Before entering into her current MFA playwriting program at Boston University, she spent many years working at the intersection of social work, youth development, and art’s education in various nonprofits throughout Waco, Texas including a three year stint working full time at a Children’s Home. Her play, WITH MY EYES SHUT, will be published in 2019 with Original Works. Kira lives in Boston with her designer/illustrator husband and their frisbee catching doggo. She feels most alive outside in nature or inside the rehearsal room.

Plays

  • 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.
  • With My Eyes Shut
    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.
  • 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 named Danny that causes her to question her responsibilities to herself and to her family. A new coming of age tale about love, sacrifice, and letting go.

Recommended by Kira Rockwell

  • Orange
    5 Jun. 2017
    Kapil's ORANGE is refreshingly imaginative. A play that beautifully weaves together poetry and the mundane creating one deeply moving adventure story.