Cassandra Medley


A professor and a playwright, Cassandra Medley’s most recently produced plays include “American Slavery Project” (NYC), “Cell” (Molelo Theater, CA, and Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathon 2011, NYC), “Daughter” (Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathon 2009, NYC), “Noon Day Sun” (Diverse City Theatre Company, NYC), and “Relativity”, commissioned by Alfred P. Sloane Foundation (Ensemble Studio Theatre, NYC).

In 2004, she received the Life Achievement Award “Going to the River Writers”, the 2002 Ensemble Studio Theatre 25th Anniversary Award for Theatre Excellence, the 2001 Theatrefest Regional Playwriting Award for Best Play, the 1995 New Professional Theatre Award, and the 1995 Marilyn Simpson Award. She was a 1989 finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award in Playwriting and won the 1990 National Endowment for the Arts Playwright Award. She was also the 1986 recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Grant and a New York State Council on the Arts Grant for 1987.

She teaches playwriting at Sarah Lawrence College, has taught at New York University, and has also served as guest artist at Columbia University, the University of Iowa Playwrights Workshop and Seattle University.

Medley has worked as a staff writer for ABC Television in “One Life to Live”, between 1995 and 1997.

She is a playwright member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre, the New River Dramatists and of the Dramatists Guild.


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