Christopher Shinn

Birth Place: Hartford, CT, USA

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Christopher Shinn is the author of Dying City (Pulitzer Prize finalist), Where Do We Live (Obie in Playwriting), Now or Later (Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Play shortlist), and Four, among other plays. His play, Against, had its world premiere at the Almeida Theatre in 2017, starring Ben Whishaw. His plays have also been premiered by the Royal Court Theatre, Lincoln Center Theater, Donmar Warehouse, Goodman Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout Theatre Company, Playwrights Horizons, Vineyard Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Soho Theatre, and Hartford Stage. His work is published in the US by TCG and in the UK by Methuen. A Guggenheim Fellow, he teaches playwriting at the New School. A revival of Dying City (Pulitzer Prize finalist), which premiered at the Royal Court in 2006, and had its US premiere at Lincoln Center Theater in 2007, at Second Stage, and an adaptation of Judgment Day by Ödön von Horváth for Park Avenue Armory. Most recently, Shinn’s play, The Narcissist, had its world premiere at Chichester Festival Theatre in the UK (2022).

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Christopher Shinn Productions

[Off-Broadway, 2019]
[Broadway, 2009]
[Off-Broadway, 2004]



Christopher Shinn Awards and Nominations

Obie Awards - 2005 - Playwriting

Christopher Shinn, Where Do We Live?

Olivier Awards - 2003 - Most Promising Playwright

Christopher ShinnWhere Do We Live

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Photos: Vineyard Theatre's Annual Gala Honors Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Vineyard's Annual Gala, honoring Tony Award-winning actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson, was held Monday, February 26, 2024 at the Edison Ballroom. BroadwayWorld was there and you can check out photos from the big night here!

Playwrights Horizons Managing Director Leslie Marcus to Step Down at the End of 2023-24 Season

Leslie Marcus, who has served as Playwrights Horizons' Managing Director for three decades, is stepping down from the position in the summer of 2024, at the conclusion of the 2023-24 season.

Tony-Winner Jesse Tyler Ferguson To Be Honored At Vineyard Theatre 2024 Gala

Vineyard Theatre Artistic Director Sarah Stern and Managing Director Suzanne Appel are pleased to announce that the Vineyard's Annual Gala will honor Tony Award winning actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Take Me Out). The Gala will be held Monday, February 26, 2024 beginning at 6:00 PM at the Edison Ballroom (240 West 47th Street). 

Jeff Cohen's SQUEAKY Will Receive Developmental Readings This Month

As part of its new Building the Box Developmental Reading Series, Out of the Box Theatrics will present readings of SQUEAKY, a poignant autobiographical comedy by Drama Desk Award winner Jeff Cohen.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson Attends MODERN FAMILY Daughter Aubrey Anderson-Emmons's School Play

According to an Instagram post on his account, Jesse Tyler Ferguson reunited with his Modern Family TV daughter Aubrey Anderson-Emmon when he attended her high school production of The Burn last week.

SABBATH'S THEATER Extended Through Mid December

Due to demand, The New Group has added two weeks for Sabbath’s Theater, adapted from the novel by Philip Roth by Ariel Levy and John Turturro.

163 Artists Awarded MacDowell Fellowships

An international group of 163 talented artists working in multiple disciplines have been awarded Fellowships at MacDowell, the nation’s preeminent artist residency program. Learn more about the new fellows here!

The New Group to Present World Premiere of SABBATH'S THEATER Adapted from Philip Roth's Novel by John Turturro & Ariel Levy

Immerse yourself in the world of 'Sabbath's Theater', a world premiere play adapted from Philip Roth's novel by John Turturro and Ariel Levy. Don't miss this provocative and profound exploration of mortality and celebration of life.

Playwrights' Center & Venturous Theater Fund Reveal 2023�"25 Venturous Playwright Fellowships

Playwrights' Center and Venturous Theater Fund have revealed the 2023-25 Venturous Playwright Fellows: Harmon dot aut, with their play Tornado Tastes Like Aluminum Sting (in partnership with Spectrum Theatre Ensemble and the Contemporary American Theater.

THE 24 HOUR PLAYS Reveals 2023 Nationals Company

The 24 Hour Plays has revealed this year's company for The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals.

NOW OR LATER Comes To The Hollywood Fringe Festival

A 2023 Hollywood Fringe Festival production of Now or Later, written by Christopher Shinn, will play four performances only at the Matrix Theatre (Mainstage Space). Directed by Ann Bronston, the cast will feature (in alphabetical order) Cherish Monique Duke, Brendan Farrell, Suzanne Ford, Samuel Garnett, George Kappaz, and Jack McKeever.

DRINKING IN AMERICA Extended at Audible's Minetta Lane Theatre

Audible Theater will present four additional performances of Drinking in America, written by three-time Obie Award winner Eric Bogosian, starring Andre Royo, and directed by Mark Armstrong.

THE DOCTOR Starring Juliet Stevenson to Begin Performances in June at Park Avenue Armory

This summer, Park Avenue Armory will stage the North American premiere of Robert Icke's multi-award-winning West End hit, The Doctor. See how to purchse tickeets!

Andre Royo to Star in Eric Bogosian's DRINKING IN AMERICA at Audible Theater

Audible Inc., will present Drinking in America, written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Eric Bogosian and starring Andre Royo, as the next production opening at Audible’s Minetta Lane Theatre.

North American Premiere of LOVE By Alexander Zeldin Announced At Park Avenue Armory

Next month, Park Avenue Armory presents the North American premiere of LOVE by playwright/director Alexander Zeldin in his New York debut.

Anna Baryshnikov, Ignacio Diaz-Silverio & More to Star in A BRIGHT NEW BOISE Off-Broadway Premiere

Signature Theatre will present the Off-Broadway premiere of Samuel D. Hunter’s 2011 Obie Award-winning dark comedy A Bright New Boise, directed by Oliver Butler. See production dates and how to purchase tickets.

TAKE ME OUT Star Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Husband Justin Mikita Welcome Their Second Child

Tony Award-winning actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson and husband Justin Mikita have welcomed their second child, a son named Sullivan Louis Ferguson-Mikita.

Review: THE NARCISSIST, Chichester Festival Theatre

Christopher Shinn's play brims with interesting politics but is too often bogged down in overly-familiar personal issues

The Cockpit Announces NEW YORK VOICES Season

Marylebone’s The Cockpit will look across the Atlantic this Autumn, bringing a season of New York plays to the heart of London. Two major productions lead the season: one, a classic revival of Lanford Wilson’s Talley’s Folley; the other, an exciting new musical based on the life and legacy of Rita Hayworth. 

Kara Young and David Zayas Join COST OF LIVING Broadway Premiere; Performance Dates Announced

Manhattan Theatre Club has announced full casting and performance dates for the Broadway premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Cost of Living, written by Martyna Majok (Sanctuary City, Ironbound) and directed by Obie Award winner Jo Bonney (72 Miles to Go..., By The Way, Meet Vera Stark).


Christopher Shinn has written 8 shows including Four (Playwright), What Didn't Happen (Playwright), The 24 Hour Plays 2003 (Playwright), Where Do We Live? (Playwright), The 24 Hour Plays 2004 (Playwright), On the Mountain (Author), Dying City (Playwright), Picked (Playwright).

Christopher Shinn has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. He was nominated for Outstanding Adaptation at the Drama Desk Awards for his work on "Judgment Day." Additionally, he received two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his plays "Dying City." Shinn was also nominated for Playwriting at the Obie Awards for his play "Where Do We Live?" and for Most Promising Playwright at the Olivier Awards, also for "Where Do We Live."

Christopher Shinn has won the Playwriting award (Obie Awards) for his play "Where Do We Live?".

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