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Sylvan Oswald


Sylvan Oswald is a transgender theater artist originally from Philadelphia. He creates plays, texts, and publications. Sylvan’s plays include Profanity, Nightlands, Sun Ra, Pony, and Vendetta Chrome. He is a resident playwright at New Dramatists, a Six Points Fellow for 2010-2012 and the Dorothy B. Strelsin Playwriting Fellow at Soho Rep for 2010-2011. Sylvan is the recipient of a Jerome Fellowship from the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis, a Thurber House Playwriting Fellowship, and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, The Millay Colony for the Arts, the Dramatists Guild, and a New Voices fellowship from The Ensemble Studio Theater. Sylvan’s play Pony premiered at About Face Theatre and Nightlands, premiered at New Georges in 2011. Sylvan collaborated with puppet-theater artist Dan Hurlin on Disfarmer in St. Ann’s Warehouse in 2009, and is currently at work on Zoetrope, a music-theater work with composer/director Alec Duffy and designer Mimi Lien. Other plays have been developed and presented at Clubbed Thumb, The Foundry Theater, The Hangar Theater, The McCarter Theater, New York Theater Workshop, Portland Center Stage, Soho Rep’s Writer/Director Lab, and P73’s I73 Writing Group among others. Since 2009, Sylvan has taught playwriting at Barnard College and Purchase College/SUNY. 

The Princeton Atelier was endowed in 2009 through the generosity of a donor who has chosen to remain anonymous. The Atelier is additionally supported through The Newhouse Foundation, The Erik C. Blachford '89 Fund, The Schare-Pfaffenroth Endowment Fund, The Jordan Roth '97 Performance Fund and The Peter T. Joseph Foundation.


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