Kira Rockwell

Kira Rockwell

Kira Rockwell is a Boston-based playwright from the heart of Texas. Her work has been supported by the National New Play Network, the Kennedy Center, Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Fresh Ink Theatre, The Bridge Initiative, WaterTower Theatre, Third Culture Theatre, On The Verge Summer Rep, and Boston Center for the Arts, among others. She is the recipient of the 2019 Judith Royer...
Kira Rockwell is a Boston-based playwright from the heart of Texas. Her work has been supported by the National New Play Network, the Kennedy Center, Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Fresh Ink Theatre, The Bridge Initiative, WaterTower Theatre, Third Culture Theatre, On The Verge Summer Rep, and Boston Center for the Arts, among others. She is the recipient of the 2019 Judith Royer Excellence in Playwriting Award, Runner-Up for the 2019 Princess Grace Award in Playwriting/ Fellowship with New Dramatists, Second Place recipient of the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, National Winner of the Bechdel Test Fest, Finalist for Festival of New Texas Plays, Semi-finalist for The Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm, and Finalist for the O’Neill Conference. Kira received her BFA in Theatre Performance from Baylor University and MFA in Playwriting from Boston University. Her acclaimed neurodivergent love story WITH MY EYES SHUT is now available through Original Works Publishing. Rockwell teaches playwriting at Wheaton College and GrubStreet, the beloved creative writing center.

ON THE HORIZON: 2021 World Premiere of OH, TO BE PURE AGAIN at Actor's Express in Atlanta, GA

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.
  • Oh, to Be Pure Again
    Set during one hot Texas summer at a 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)
    A latter-day morality play about forgiveness that reverberates through time and space (and realms) centered around Zoey, a prodigal daughter on the run and the evangelical hell house she can’t seem to forget.
  • 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 causes her to question her responsibilities to herself and to her family. A new coming of age tale about love, sacrifice, and letting go.
  • 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.