Paula Cizmar is an award-winning playwright, who works also in other genres. Her plays have been produced off-Broadway, internationally, and in regional theatres from Maine to California including: The Jungle Theater (Minneapolis), American Place Theatre (New York), Women's Project (New York), Actors Theatre of Louisville, Portland Stage Company, Playwrights Arena (LA), San Diego Rep, Gorilla Tango (Albuquerque), Brass Tacks (Minneapolis), LaMaMa e.t.c., The Williamstown Theatre Festival, Theatre La Beet (London), and The Warehouse (London). Her many plays include: The Death of a Miner, Candy & Shelley Go to the Desert, Pretty Places, Bone Dry, Still Life with Parrot and Monkey, Booda Boy, Strawberry, and Street Stories. She has written on assignment and has had many projects in development with film producers and has been a staff writer for the PBS dramatic series, "American Family," starring Edward James Olmos.
Her many honors include a Maddie for the production of her play Street Stories at Playwrights Arena; a Rockefeller Foundation Residency at Bellagio, Italy; a DramaLogue Award; two NEA grants; the Ohio University Medal of Merit, and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Special Commendation. In addition, she has received commissions from Salt Lake Acting Company, Vital Voices, Cypress College, Echo Theatre, the Jerome Foundation in association with WTP of Minnesota, and Actors Theatre of Louisville. Her work has been selected for the prestigious O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, the Sundance Theatre Lab, and ENVISION at Bard, and she has been writer-in-residence at numerous venues including Portland Stage, Skidmore College, Ohio University, Passage Theatre, and the University of Washington.
Her theatre pieces have been published and are anthologized in a number of collections of
scenes, monologues, and plays, including Great Scenes and Monologues for Actors (St. Martin's Press), More Monologues for Women by Women (Heinemann Press), Duo (edited by Lavonne Mueller, Applause Books), and The Great Monologues from the Women's Project (edited by Julia Miles, Smith and Krause Publishers). In addition to her publications, Paula's work is archived at the New York City Library's theatre collection as well as online in the Women's Collection of the Alexander Street Press.
Paula is one of the award-winning writers of the documentary theatre piece, Seven, which tells the story of seven women—from Russia, Pakistan, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Afghanistan, Guatemala, and Cambodia—who are overcoming injustice in their countries, often at great risk to themselves. Written with Anna Deavere Smith, Ruth Margraff, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Carol K. Mack, and Susan Yankowitz, Seven was featured at Culture Project's Women Center Stage Festival in New York and at the Harman Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C. in an event sponsored by Hilary Clinton. It has been translated into over a dozen languages and has been performed internationally in 17 countries to date, including Sweden, Nigeria, Lithuania, India, Japan, and Jordan. Seven was also produced at USC’s Visions and Voices.
Paula’s work has been supported by grants from the Center for Scholarly Technology at USC and she is a recipient of a 2013 Mellon Mentoring Award.
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