Sheri Wilner is an award-winning playwright who has been working in the theatre for over twenty-five years. Her plays include Kingdom City, Father Joy, Bake Off, Relative Strangers, Labor Day, Joan of Arkansas, The End, A Tall Order and Hunger, and have been performed and developed at such major theatres as the La Jolla Playhouse, Guthrie Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Williamstown Theatre Festival, the O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference, New Georges, and the Old Vic/New Voices in London.
She has twice been a co-winner of the prestigious Heideman Award 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. Bake Off was praised by The New York Times as a “barbed, witty, thoughtful, giggle and snort inducing satire on gender roles” that was “the clear apex” of the festival.
Her work has been widely anthologized and published by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French, and Playscripts.com, leading to over four hundred productions of her plays across the United States as well as in Australia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Japan, United Kingdom, and India.
Her playwriting awards include a Howard Foundation Fellowship in Playwriting, a Bush Artist Fellowship, and two Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellowships.
Also an established playwriting teacher, she is currently an Adjunct Professor for NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Rita and Burton Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing. She is also on the faculty of the Dramatists Guild Institute, where she teaches in person, online, and is frequently hired for one-on-one script consultations. She recently concluded a two-year appointment as the 2017-19 Master Playwright for the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs’ Playwright Development Program, a position she also held from 2013 – 2015. She has served as the Rev. J. Donald Monan, S.J. Professor in Theatre Arts at Boston College for the 2016-2017 academic year, and as the Fred Coe Visiting Playwright-in-Residence at Vanderbilt University. Prior to that, she was a visiting Assistant Professor in Playwriting at Florida State University’s MFA Dramatic Writing Program.
She recently wrote her first play for Zoom, LOL OL, which was included in the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Launch Pad’s “Alone, Together” program of Zoom plays and was a finalist in the Alleyway Theatre's 2020 Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition in the Digital Theatre category.