Kira Rockwell

Kira Rockwell

Kira is a Boston-based playwright from North Texas. Her character driven plays seek to foster empathy, cultivate hope, and challenge complacency. Using intersectional feminism and inclusive spirituality she writes to redefine and sculpt the contemporary Southern narrative in an earnest attempt to combat harmful, antiquated stereotypes.

Most recently, her play THE TRAGIC ECSTASY OF GIRLHOOD won...
Kira is a Boston-based playwright from North Texas. Her character driven plays seek to foster empathy, cultivate hope, and challenge complacency. Using intersectional feminism and inclusive spirituality she writes to redefine and sculpt the contemporary Southern narrative in an earnest attempt to combat harmful, antiquated stereotypes.

Most recently, her play THE TRAGIC ECSTASY OF GIRLHOOD won the Judith Royer Award of Excellence in Playwriting, it is the second place recipient of the Kennedy Center Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, and it is the National Winner of The Bridge Initiative’s Bechdel Test Fest, as well as being shortlisted for PlayPenn and a current semi-finalist for the O’Neill Center.

Other plays include, WITH MY EYES SHUT (The 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, Out of the Loop Fringe Festival), and OH, TO BE PURE AGAIN (2019 NNPN/Kennedy Center MFA Playwright Workshop). Her plays have been developed and or produced by the Kennedy Center, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts, Fresh Ink Theatre, and Third Culture Theatre in collaboration with HBO.

Kira holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Baylor University. Before entering into her current MFA playwriting program at Boston University, she spent three years working at the intersection of social work, youth development, and art’s education at a Children’s Home in Texas. Her play, WITH MY EYES SHUT, will be published in 2019 with Original Works. Kira lives in Boston with her designer/illustrator hubby 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rewriting The Monolith
    An ambitious ten minute play that asks us to deconstruct the archetypes used to tell our stories about abuse.