Mashuq Mushtaq Deen is an award-winning, queer theater artist. Full-length plays include THE SHAKING EARTH, about the 1984 Sikh massacres in India, currently in development (workshops/readings: New Dramatists, Ma-Yi, Page73, NYTW, Hemispheric Institute, Dartmouth); DRAW THE CIRCLE (dir. Chay Yew), a solo performance about a conservative family struggling to deal with their transgender child, available for world premiere (InterAct Theatre, Georgetown University, Brooklyn BEAT Festival, PACE University, Hampshire College; staged readings: Public Theater, Dixon Place, Berkshire Fringe, NYTW at Dartmouth, Passage Theatre, and Queens Theatre in the Park); TANK THE HORSE, about two childhood best friends who are ripped apart by their families’ secrets (Berkshire Fringe Festival); and SHUT UP!, about a woman taking control of her story (James Baldwin Award, Dennis Johnston Playwriting Prize honorable mention).
Fellowships and awards: New Dramatists resident playwright, Bogliasco Residency (2016), Helene Wurlitzer Residency (2016), MacDowell Colony Fellow, NYFA, NYTW 2050 Fellowship, James Baldwin Award, Dennis Johnston Playwriting Prize honorable mention, nominated for the Weissberger Award.
Theater-affiliated writing groups: Ma-Yi Writers Lab, P73 Interstate writing group member (2014-15), Public Theater Emerging Writers Group (2009) and Alumni Writers Group (ongoing).
Deen received his MFA at the ASDS/New School of Drama. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild.