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Leah Nanako Winkler

Leah Nanako Winkler

2017-2019 Jerome New York Fellow

Leah Nanako Winkler is a Japanese American playwright from Kamakura, Japan and Lexington, Kentucky. Her plays include Kentucky (2015 Kilroys List, World Premiere: Ensemble Studio Theatre in co-production with Page 73 and the Radio Drama Network. West Coast Premiere: East West Players), Two Mile Hollow (2017 Kilroys List, 2017-2018 Simultaneous World Premiere at Artists At Play in LA, Mixed Blood/Theater Mu in Minneapolis, First Floor Theater in Chicago and Ferocious Lotus in SF), Death For Sydney Black (terraNova Collective, Thinking Cap Theater, 2014 Kilroys Honorable Mention), Linus and Murray (EST/Marathon 2017) and more. Her play God Said This  will have it's world premiere at the 2018 Humana Festival of New American Plays at the Actors Theater of Louisville. Leah's work has been developed at Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New Georges, New York Theatre Workshop, WP Theater, The Bushwick Starr, The Flea Theatre, Primary Stages and the 2017 Sundance/Ucross retreat where she was a fellow. Her collections of short plays, NAGORIYUKI & Other Short Plays and The Lowest Form Of Writing are available on Amazon and have been performed all over the US, France and Asia. Her plays have also been published in Nanjing University’s Stage and Screen Reviews , Smith and Krauss, American Theater Magazine, Sam French and Dramatists Play Service. She is a alumni of Youngblood, a 2016-2018 Time Warner Fellow at WP Theater, a member of the Ma-Yi lab, the Dorothy Streslin New American Writer's Group at Primary Stages and Ensemble Studio Theatre. She was awarded the first-ever Mark O’Donnell Prize from The Actors Fund and Playwrights Horizons in 2017 and is currently one of the inaugural playwrights to receive a commission from Audible's emerging playwrights fund.

last edited 11/21/2017

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