Carson Kreitzer


A playwright, lyricist and librettist, Kreitzer received a 2016 Jonathan Larson Grant for Lempicka, a musical about art deco artist Tamara de Lempicka, written with composer Matt Gould.

Her plays include “The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer”, winner of the Rosenthal New Play Prize, American Theatre Critics’ Steinberg New Play Citation and Stavis Award and published by Smith and Kraus in “New Playwrights: Best Plays of 2004”, as well as by Dramatic Publishing (and available at DCPAS); “Self Defense, or death of some salesmen”; “Flesh and the Desert”; “The Slow Drag”; “Slither”; “Behind the Eye” and “Lasso of Truth”.

Her plays have been produced or developed by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, the Public Theater, the Royal Court Theatre, the Guthrie Theater, Portland Center Stage, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, Mabou Mines and the Actors Gang, among others.

Kreitzer is a core writer with the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, an alumna of New Dramatists, a founding member of the Workhaus Collective, and an associated artist with New Georges and Clubbed Thumb.

She’s received the Jerome Fellowship two times and the McKnight Fellowship in Playwriting three times, and has been supported by the Toulmin and Mellon foundations, by the NYFA, NYSCA, TCG and NEA. She has also received residencies with MacDowell Colony, The Tyrone Guthrie Center in Annaghmakerrig (Dowling scholarship), the Hedgebrook (Alpert Award residency) and with The Hermitage. She was the first grant holder of the Playwrights Of New York (PoNY) in the Lark Play Development Center.

Her work has been published by Dramatic Publishing, Playscripts and Smithand Kraus. The anthology “Self Defense and Other Plays” has been made available by the No Passport Press.

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