Winter Miller's current plays include: THE ARRIVAL(developed Sundance Institute and Voice and Vision's Envision), PATERNITY (Cherry Lane Mentor Project 2010, mentored and directed by Craig Lucas), and the musical AMANDINE (Joe's Pub, New York Theatre Workshop Monday @ 3, Electric Pear, Theatreworks USA).
IN DARFUR premiered at The Public Theater, followed by a standing room only performance at their 1800-seat venue in Central Park, a first for a play by a woman. The play won the 2006 "Two-Headed Challenge" commission from The Guthrie Theater and Tthe Playwrights Center. She traveled with her boss, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, to the Chad/Sudan border to research the play on the ground.
Ms. Miller was awarded fellowships from the Sundance Institute at Ucross, Hedgebrook and Voice and Vision. Theaters where her plays have been produced and developed include: The Public, The Guthrie, Sundance, The New Group, 13Playwrights, The Donmar Warehouse, Theater J, Rattlestick, Keen Company, The Cherry Lane, TimeLine, Playwrights Center Playlabs, Tricycle, New Georges, Geva, Horizon, Mosaic, Theatre Askew, Hourglass, Synapse and the 52nd Street Project. Her plays have been performed in London, Uganda, Canada and regionally and are published by Playscripts, Inc. THE PENETRATION PLAY (produced by 13 Playwrights) is excerpted in Smith & Kraus' Best Stage Scenes 2005 and Best Monologues 2005.
As a playwriting instructor, Ms. Miller has led workshops with students of varying ages and backgrounds with Primary Stages ESPA, Sundance, Stella Adler, Theatre Askew and Beacon High School among others. She enjoys writing politically engaging plays with and for marginalized youth to perform, such as HOME/AWAY (Theatre Askew) and CONSPICUOUS (Keen Company). In 2007, Voices of Uganda brought her to northern Uganda to write plays for a group of youth living in a refugee camp whose lives had been devastated by the Lord's Resistance Army and AIDS. Ruby Dee, Allison Janney and Liv Ullman have performed her monologue about a Ugandan grandmother, "Lifelines." The Ugandan youth group formed a theater troupe and with NGO assistance performs the plays in Luo for refugees in nearby camps. The experience is documented in a forthcoming feature film, STAGING HOPE: REBEL ACTS IN NORTHERN UGANDA.
Ms. Miller's monologue "Mother to Son," about the genocide in Darfur is published in Eve Ensler's anthology A MEMORY, A MONOLOGUE, A RANT AND A PRAYER and in the anthology BEST WOMEN'S MONOLOGUES OF THE MILLENNIUM. "Mother…" has toured cities across the U.S. with the photo exhibit, DARFUR/DARFUR and the documentary THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK.
She is a founding member of the Obie-winning 13Playwrights (13P), a member of the Playwrights Union, the Dramatist Guild and a New Georges Affiliated Artist.
Ms. Miller holds an MFA from Columbia University and graduated cum laude from Smith College.
As a journalist, Ms. Miller once chased a tornado and spent a week at Graceland, although not simultaneously. She has written for The New York Times, Variety, New York Magazine and The Boston Globe, among others, possibly stemming from her first job out of college, NBC Page.
For further information visit wintermiller.com.
Updated January 2011