Writer Bio

Valerie Work is a New York City based playwright, screenwriter and private tutor.

She was a member of the Exquisite Corpse Company’s Spring 2017 Writer’s Lab and her new work The Scars of Your Body had a staged reading in March 2017 through their Drinks & Drama series. In November 2015 The Fighting Frogs vs. Victoria Vanderbilt was produced at Walden Theatre in Lousiville, KY. It was previously produced in September 2014 at the Zona Gale Young People’s Theatre in Wisconsin. In May 2014, The Party Play received a mainstage production at The Brick Theater in NYC, following a reading in April 2013 and a workshop in November 2013. In May 2012, The Collected Rules of Gifted Camp was presented at The Brick as part of their mainstage season. A Week at the NJ Shore premiered at The Bushwick Starr in October 2009 and subsequently toured to Dixon Place in NYC; Manhattan Repertory Theatre in NYC; The Pulse Performing Arts Studio in Bedford Hills, NY; and the Goggleworks in Reading, PA. Her other plays include Bad Roommate, A Meditation on The Misanthrope: 10 Years Later, My Book of Storms, Emily’s World the Play, A Wonderfully Flat Thing, “Rrrrr Argh Blech,” “Crossing the Cow Field,” “Nail Polish,”Hazel and the Sun” and “Sick.” These works have been staged, read or fully produced at venues such as New York City Center; Classic Stage Company; Walkerspace; Dixon Place; the 14th Street Y; Brooklyn Arts Exchange; Under St. Marks; manhattantheatresource; the Boston Center for the Arts; Indiana Repertory Theatre in Indianapolis; the Bryant Lake Bowl Theater in Minneapolis; Brooklyn College; Yale University; Georgetown University and Washington College.

In March 2012 Ms. Work received a $10,000 Support Performing Artists Grant from the Berks County Community Foundation to be applied to production and professional development expenses. She is a New Georges Affiliated Artist and her play Bad Roommate had a sponsored reading in the New Georges Room in March 2016. She was a 2014 Finalist for the Jerome Fellowship, a 2013 Finalist for the Leah Ryan Award and a Semi-Finalist for the 2011 Bonderman Symposium. Her work has been published in The Midway Journal, The Book of Estro, and The Brooklyn Review. She has completed month-long residencies at the Espy Foundation in Washington State, the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and chashama’s chaNorth site. She wrote a 5-minute film “Pokemon NO” which premiered at the Fresh Ground Pepper Film Fete in October 2016. Ms. Work was Editor of offoffonline, a downtown theater review website, for four years concluding in September 2011. She holds a B.A. from Yale and an MFA from Brooklyn College, where she studied with Mac Wellman.

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