Barbara Cassidy studied with Mac Wellman at Brooklyn College where she received her MFA in Playwriting. Her interest is in provocative theater. Her work has been seen in New York at The Flea Theatre, Little Theatre at Dixon Place, The New York International Fringe Festival, Manhattan Repertory Theater and Bric Studios. Her play, Interim, was nominated for the Barrie Stavis Award by Playwrights’ Horizons, and premiered at SMU (Dallas) in March 2012. It is published in the anthology, New Downtown Now (University of MN Press eds. Lee & Wellman). A scene from her play, The Director, is included in DUO: the Best Scenes for Two for the 21st Century. That play, about a film director who approaches women on the streets of New York was inspired by Cassidy’s experiences with the film director, James Toback.
Cassidy was a 2010-2011 Workspace Resident with Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and received a 2011 grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council for her play, Anthropology of a Book Club, about a Brooklyn book club composed of Muslim and non-Muslim women. She is currently working on an existential piece called The Propositional Function. Additionally, she has received a 2014 SPARC grant to create a piece of theater with blind seniors from the VISIONS Center in Manhattan. She lives in Brooklyn with her family, teaches at John Jay College and is a Brooklyn Arts Council Teaching Artist.