The Playwright

Joyce Van Dyke’s plays have received numerous productions and awards.  Deported / a dream play was first produced in 2012 at Boston’s Modern Theatre (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, in association with Suffolk University).  Deported was the recipient of grants from the Puffin Foundation and the Boston University Center for the Humanities, an O’Neill National Playwrights’ Conference Finalist (2011), and honored by a Massachusetts State House Joint House-Senate Resolution.   Previously the play had staged readings at the Huntington Theatre, New Repertory Theatre, and Boston Theatre Marathon, and a developmental workshop at Boston University.

A descendant of Armenian genocide survivors, the playwright developed Deported from true stories including those of her own family.  Her other plays include A Girl’s War about the Karabakh conflict (Golden Thread Productions 2009, New Repertory Theatre 2003, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre 2001), which received the John Gassner Award, Provincetown Theatre Company Award, Boston Globe “top ten” plays of 2001, and an American Theatre Critics Association Steinberg New Play Award nomination.  It was published in Contemporary Armenian American Drama (2004).

Her recent play, The Oil Thief, originally commissioned by the Ensemble Studio Theatre / Sloan Project, won Boston’s 2009 Elliot Norton Award for best new play in its production by Boston Playwrights’ Theatre.  Other plays include The Earring, published in Laugh Lines: Short Comic Plays (2007) and first produced in the 2005 Boston Theater Marathon; Not My Real Mother (Boston Theater Marathon 2007); and Love in the Gulf (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 1996).

Joyce Van Dyke is a MacDowell Colony Fellow and a Huntington Theatre  Playwriting Fellow, and most recently enjoyed a playwriting residency at Central Square Theater as a member of PlayPen.  A graduate of Boston University’s playwriting program, she attended Stanford (BA) and the University of Virginia (PhD).  She teaches Shakespeare at Harvard Extension School where she received the Shattuck Teaching Prize.

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