josh drimmer, playwright.
josh drimmer, playwright.


Josh Drimmer’s plays include Story and Her (Downtown Urban Arts Fest), the lighthouse invites the storm (Sanguine Theater Company, winner of Project Playwright), Halcyon Days (T. Schreiber Studio's New Works Initiative), The Beeping (ARTC Winterfest), Love Is Good (Producer's Club, workshops with Lincoln Center Theater's Directors' Lab and Feed the Herd), and Falling (readings at the Dramatists Guild and Theater for the New City). He is the book writer of a new musical (The Last Days of Pompeii) and a cabaret (Rejected Showgirl), a member of American Renaissance Theater Company and The Pool, and a Brooklynite until the city finally spits him out.



Hobo Divorce, a comedy for two actors (first draft, 2019)


Story and Her, a play with music for one actor (first draft, 2018)

Produced as part of the 2019 Downtown Urban Arts Festival, The Wild Project, New York, NY, May 2019, dir. Christopher Carter Sanderson

*Second place, Downtown Urban Arts Festival, 2019


thorn, a play in two specially-priced LPs, (first draft, 2018)

              *Semi-finalist, Creede Repertory Theater Headwaters New Play Program, 2019


Falling, a full-length play (2010)

Presented as a staged reading at the Dramatists Guild, December 2018, dir. Maggie Cino

Presented as a staged reading at Theater for the New City, New York, NY, January 2012, as part of the New City, New Blood series, dir. Tom Wojtunik


Lady in the Cage, adventures in American electoral politics (2017)

Excerpt performed as part of American Renaissance Theater Company’s Spring Reading Series, New York, NY, June 2018, dir. Josh Drimmer

*Finalist, Problematic Play Festival, Z Space, 2018

*Finalist, Joust Theatre Company Round Table, 2018


Halcyon Days, a seaside play in two acts (2016)

Presented as a staged reading as part of T. Schreiber Studio’s New Works Initiative, New York, NY, May 2018, dir. Joan Kane

Presented as a staged reading at Theater for the New City, New York, NY, May 2017, dir. Logan Reed

*Quarterfinalist, Landing Theater Company’s New American Voices, 2018

*Finalist, Joust Theater Company’s Workshop Series, 2016


Paper Heart, a short play (2017)

Produced and selected as finalist, LIC One-Act Festival, May 2017, Secret Theater, Queens, NY, dir. Kathleen Swan


The Beeping, a crisis/comedy (2011)

Produced by American Renaissance Theater Company in an AEA Workshop as part of ARTC’s 2016 WinterWorks series, January 2016, CAP 21, New York, NY, dir. Kathleen Swan

              Presented as a staged reading by Truant Arts, New York, NY, November 2012, dir. Amy Surratt

              *Finalist, Strange Sun Theater’s Greenhouse Project, 2018


the lighthouse invites the storm, a play in two acts (2014)

Produced by Sanguine Theatre Company in an AEA Showcase, April-May 2015, Chain Theatre, Queens, NY, dir. Logan Reed, Published by Infinite Stage

*Semi-finalist, 2016 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference

*Winner of Project Playwright 2015 Festival, Sanguine Theatre Company, January 2015, Solo Velez Cultural Center, New York, NY, dir. Logan Reed


After I’m/After You’re/ After We’re Gone, a triptych play (2015)


Puncher’s Chance, a play in two fights (2009)

              Presented as a staged reading by Pulse Ensemble Theater, October 2015, New York, NY, dir. Alexa Kelly


Miranda, Under The Volcano, a soliloquy (2012)

Presented by American Renaissance Theater Company as part of ARTC’s Spring Reading Series, May 2016, New York, NY; dir. Josh Drimmer

Performed on the You Heard It Here First podcast, March 2013


New Haven and the Problem of Change in the American City, a comic requiem in four acts/parties (2009)

Presented as a staged reading by Sanctuary: Playwrights Theater, August 2013, New York, NY


Iago, of W. 96th Street, a tragedy in five acts (2013)

Presented as part of Milk Can Theater Company’s Comments on Work, April 2013 New York, NY


Aura of the Western Star (Happy Machinery Works So Hard), a dystopian fantasy in two acts (2012)


For You, a full-length romance (2007)

Produced as an AEA showcase as part of Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s WinterFest, New York, NY, February 2007, dir. Constance Thackaberry


5-3, a short play (2006)

Produced as a selection of the American Globe Theater’s 15-Minute Play Festival, New York, NY, April 2006, dir. Tom Wojtunik. Played the role of C.C.


Love Is Good, a comedy with music in two acts (2005)

Produced as an AEA showcase at the Director’s Club, New York, NY, August 2006 by Love Creek Productions/Developing Acts, dir. Erin Smiley

Presented in readings as part of Feed the Herd’s Stampede Festival, New York, NY, February 2005, and the Lincoln Center Theater Directors’ Lab, New York, NY, June 2005, dir. Tom Wojtunik


Book for Rejected Showgirl, a one-woman cabaret (2005)

Commissioned by its star, Tory Ross. Produced October 2005 at Dillon’s, New York, NY, dir. Erin Ortman


Waiting for the N, a tragicomedy in three acts (2003)

Presented as a staged reading as part of Emerging Artists Theater’s Lab Reading Series, New York, NY, June 2006, dir. Tom Wojtunik

Presented as a staged reading as a selection of the Yale Playwrights Festival, New Haven, CT, February 2003, advisor David Auburn, dir. Colette Robert


Abigail and Anthony, a short play (2000)

Produced as a selection of the Houston Young Playwrights Exchange (HYPE), Alley Theater, Houston, TX, August 2000, dir. Stephen Aleman



  • Commissioned for book work on The Last Days of Pompeii, a musical (2016-17), prod. Julia Quinn



  • Resident playwright, 2005 and 2006 Lincoln Center Theater Directors’ Lab
  • Member and Staff Dramaturg (2015-2019), American Renaissance Theatre Company
  • Member, The Pool, a writers' group affiliated with The Brick Theater
  • Member, Dramatists’ Guild



Yale University, New Haven, CT

·       B.A., May 2003. Double Major in English and Theater Studies (playwriting). Coursework included Fiction Writing with Robert Stone, Playwriting with Deb Margolin and Donald Marguiles.

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