Sheri Wilner


Abigail’s father is disappearing – literally - yet as this shy and withdrawn man becomes less and less visible to his astonished family, father and daughter begin to feel a bond they never shared before.


When a mysterious stranger named Seymour emerges from the depths of the ocean, the ravenously and newly-engaged Diana must choose either to stay earthbound with the man she loves, or accompany her seducer into the sea.


These ten-minute "duets" tell funny yet poignant tales about finding connection in the unlikeliest places, giving voice to our deepest fears and the joy of discovering someone who sings the same song as you.


Five funny yet poignant one-act plays ranging in length from 10-60 minutes and featuring fledgling superheroes, an interfering flight attendant, and even the Pillsbury Doughboy.

Sheri Wilner’s plays include Kingdom City, Father Joy, Hunger, Bake Off, Labor Day, Relative Strangers, Little Death of a Salesman, The Bushesteia, and Joan of Arkansas and have been performed at major regional and national theatres including the Guthrie Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Summer Play Festival, Naked Angels, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Contemporary American Theater Festival, The Women’s Project, New Georges, Ensemble Studio Theatre, O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference and Primary Stages.

Playwriting awards include a Howard Foundation Fellowship, a Bush Artist Fellowship, two Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellowships and two Heideman Awards, granted by the Actors Theatre of Louisville; in 1998 for Labor Day, which premiered at the 1999 Humana Festival, and in 2001 for Bake Off, which premiered at the 2002 Humana Festival. Her work has been published in over a dozen anthologies including New Playwrights: The Best New Plays of 1999 and The Best American Short Plays 2000-2001. In addition, has published twelve of her one-acts, which have received over one hundred productions all over the United States as well as in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Japan, United Kingdom and India.

She recently completed a Visiting Assistant Professorship in Playwriting at Florida State University’s MFA Dramatic Writing Program in Tallahassee, and is currently teaching at the Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts in New York. She has also conducted playwriting classes and workshops at University of California, Santa Barbara; Cornell University; University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program; and Whitman College.

Upcoming productions of her work include Kingdom City at La Jolla Playhouse, to be directed by Pam MacKinnon and Public Radio broadcasts of her short plays The Miracle of Chanukah performed by Marcia Jean Kurtz, Peter Friedman and Judy Gold; and Relative Strangers with Debra Monk, Julie Halston and Merritt Wever.

She attended Cornell University and received her MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University.