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Anya Richkind

In my plays and prose, I use humor and empathy to gently insist that people meditate collectively on the things too difficult, sad, and scary to meditate on alone. 

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Anya is an empathetic, emotional, rationalizing, introverted, extroverted mystery unto herself who loves analyzing why people act and speak the way they do, reading before bed, and watching the reality TV shows Survivor and The Challenge. In her writing, Anya is compelled by the relationship between the lonely, the mundane, and the extreme.


Playwriting honors include winning Brooklyn College's 2020-2021 Creative Writing Award and Brooklyn College's Himan Brown Award for Creative Writing, being a finalist in the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference, the Bushwick Starr Reading Series, the Leah Ryan's Fund for Emerging Women Writers, and the Cutting Ball Theater's Variety Pack Series, and being a semi-finalist in the Bay Area Playwrights Festival and the Seven Devils' Playwrights Conference.


Anya's work has been produced by Andy's Summer Playhouse, the Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival, Brooklyn College, Guild Hall, Corkscrew Theater Festival, The Barrow Group Theatre, Yale College, The New School for Drama, The Tank, and The American Conservatory Theater's Young Conservatory.


Anya was first bitten by the playwriting bug in 8th grade, when students were allowed to submit ideas for the class musical. “Write about what you know,” they always say, which is how Anya came up with her idea: a musical called Jack’s, which revolved around a Texan family who runs a bio-diesel truck stop, the English family who moves to town, and the evil uncle who drives a Hummer and is eventually undermined by his once loyal cadre of lady motorcyclists, who, deep down, actually care about the environment A LOT!


Anya graduated with a BA from Yale University and an MFA in playwriting from Brooklyn College. 

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