Cotter Head Shot

Patricia Cotter is an Emmy Award winning, Groundling Theater Alum. She’s received the American Academy of Arts Letters, Richard Rodgers Award for musical theater. Other honors include the Ovation Award and the Garland Award.

Plays include RULES OF COMEDY, 39th Humana Festival of New American Plays, 2015; THE ANTHROPOLOGY SECTION (2015), and RULES OF COMEDY (2014) performed by The Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Evening of Ten Minute Plays, Heideman Award finalist; The City Theatre, Miami, Florida will produce THE COLONY; for its upcoming special production of Island Shorts 2016 on Key Biscayne; THE BREAK UP NOTEBOOK (A GLAAD Award nominee); and THREE; BEST/WORST (Apartment A Theatre Company, Venice CA, where she was playwright-in-residence).

Patricia co-wrote the cabaret show, SO FAR – BETH MALONE (Joe’s Pub, NYC, The Triad, NYC, The Wheeler Opera House, Aspen, CO).

Her musicals (librettist/adaptations) include ROCKET SCIENCE: A MUSICAL (Music by Stephen A. Weiner, lyrics by Jason Rhyne) and THE BREAK UP NOTEBOOK: A MUSICAL, (based on her play, music and lyrics by Lori Scarlett).

She adapted MULAN, JR. based on the Disney film, MULAN for Disney Theatrical. She was the co-librettist on JUSTIN LOVE, which won The LA Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Production 2013.  She is writing a new musical with composer Lori Scarlett, LADYKILLERS, which they developed at the Rhinebeck Writer’s Retreat.

She is a member of the Playground Writers Pool, where she received the 2014 June Anne Baker Prize and commission which honors the top female playwright representing a gifted new comedic or political voice for the stage.

She is a 2016 Playwrights Foundation Resident Playwright.