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Kim Euell

Playwright in Residence

Fine Arts Center, Room 457

BA, Stanford University
MFA, Theatre Arts, University of Iowa Playwrights Workshop

Kim Euell is an award-winning playwright, dramaturg, producer and educator who is passionately committed to promoting socially relevant new plays. She is a Core Writer at the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis, a Company Member at Penumbra Theater Company and an Artist in Residence with San Francisco’s Zaccho Dance Theater. 

Kim has headed play development programs at Center Theater Group’s Mark Taper Forum, the Tony Award-winning Hartford Stage Company, San Jose Repertory Theatre and The Robey Theatre Company where she was the California Arts Council’s Playwright in Residence. She has served as director of the New America Playwrights Festival and The Taper’s Juneteenth Festival of New Plays. Kim has worked as a new play dramaturg at the Sundance Theatre Lab, the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference and The New Harmony Project, among others. Voices!, the play development program she founded at Hartford Stage to develop new plays by under-represented writers, recently yielded the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Water By The Spoonful

Kim’s plays have been developed and performed at theaters in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Detroit, Savannah, Louisville and Cape Town, South Africa. Penumbra’s production of The Diva Daughters DuPree was named Outstanding New Show of The Year by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune in their year end review. A winner of the Theodore Ward Prize, “Divas” was published in an anthology entitled Best Black Plays by Northwestern University Press. 

Kim edited for TCG Publications, Plays from the Boom Box Galaxy, the first anthology exclusively devoted to theatre informed by spoken word poetry and the Hip Hop aesthetic (with Robert Alexander). She has also published articles and theater reviews in American Theatre Magazine, The Oakland Tribune and The African American Review.

Kim is the playwriting instructor for the VONA, the nation’s only multi-genre writing program devoted to writers of color. Poets and Writers Magazine recently named VONA “One of the nation’s Top 10 Writing Conferences.” Kim has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania, University of Iowa and Wesleyan University. While serving as Writer in Residence, she conducted playwriting workshops at the University of Witwatersrand and the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. She also conducts playwriting workshops for the Five College’s multicultural Word! Festival.

Kim has served as an awards panelist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Dramatic Writing Fellowships, The New Jersey Arts Council’s Playwriting Fellowships, the Alpert Awards in the Arts, Pew Charitable Trust, Rockefeller Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Commission, Seattle Arts Commission, San Jose Arts Commission, Theater Communications Group and the Colorado Council on the Arts. She has been a site evaluator for the NEA and is currently on the Fulbright Senior Specialist roster.