Jacqueline Goldfinger

“The writer operates at a peculiar crossroads where time and place and eternity somehow meet.”
-Flannery O’Connor

Jacqueline Goldfinger (she/they) is a playwright and dramaturg. She grew up in the rural South and is primarily known for her work in the Southern Gothic genre. She has also written original plays across genres as well as adapted classic literature for the stage.

She is an Affiliated Artist at New Georges and The Lark Playwright’s Center. She is a member of the writers’ labs at Azuka Theatre and The Barrow Group.

She won the Yale Drama Prize, Smith Prize, Generations Award, Brown Martin Award, Barrymore Award, and Philadelphia Critics Award. She’s been nominated for the Weissberger Award, Blackburn Prize, and Foote Prize.

Her plays have been developed at theaters including: New Georges, The National Theatre/London, Wilma Theatre, The Kennedy Center, La MaMa, Disquiet/Lisbon, McCarter Theater, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, and Kansas City Rep.

Her plays have been produced at theaters including: Perseverance Theatre, The Court Theatre/New Zealand, Capital Stage Company, The Seattle Public, Manhattan Theatre Works, Theatre Exile, Philadelphia Fringe Arts, and the NYC International Fringe Festival. 

She is currently commissioned by Wilma Theatre, Arden Theater Company, Madeleine L’Engle Estate/Stage Partners, and the National New Play Network.

Her plays are published by Yale Press, Samuel French, Playscripts, Smith & Krause, and Blackbird Literary Journal. You can also read her work on the New Play Exchange.

Her work has been supported by YADDO, NEA, The Millay Colony, The Lark’s Playwrights Week, Audrey Residency, Drama League, Emerson Stage, PlayPenn, Sewanee Writers Conference, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Independence Foundation, and The Mitten Lab, among others.

As a dramaturg, she has worked with companies including PlayPenn, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Native Voices, and La Jolla Playhouse (assistant dramaturg). She co-Founded The Foundry @ PlayPenn, a free three year mentorship program for emerging playwrights.

She teaches Playwriting Workshops in the MFA Theater Program at Temple University and in the Theatre Arts Program at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a Mentor for the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival and runs the playwriting resource, Page By Page.