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Crystal Skillman

 
Bio:
Crystal Skillman is a four time NYTimes Critics’ Pick playwright expanding into audio drama and television. You can listen to KING KIRBY, her episodic audio play written with Fred Van Lente, just released on Broadway Podcast Network about the life of comic book artist Jack Kirby, co-creator of the ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Crystal Skillman is a four time NYTimes Critics’ Pick playwright expanding into audio drama and television. You can listen to KING KIRBY, her episodic audio play written with Fred Van Lente, just released on Broadway Podcast Network about the life of comic book artist Jack Kirby, co-creator of the ... (read complete bio)
 

Writing

Bookwriter

2021 Orchard Project Audio Lab Selection 

2020-23 Playwrights Center Core Member 

2020-22 SDSU New Musicals Initiative Winner 

2019 Kilroys List

2018 EMOS Prize

2018 MUT Award (Critics Prize)

2018 Finalist McKnight Fellowship

2018 BAPF Finalist

2018 PlayPenn Semi-Finalist

2018 O'Neill Semi-Finalist

2016 New Harmony Project In Residence Writer

2015 Clifford Odets Ensemble Play Commission, LSTFI (Pulp Vérité)

2014 Pace University web series commission (Drunk Art Love)

2011¬†Manhattan Best Of ‚ÄúPlaywright to Watch‚ÄĚ;¬†2011¬†People of the Year (NYTheatre.com)

2010 Outstanding Full Length Play NY IT Award

(The Vigil)

2006 Rising Phoenix Rep Commissions

(Birthday, Nobody, Telling Trilogy)

2005 Lincoln Center Directors Lab

(Sleeping World Workshop)

2001 Ensemble Studio Theater/Sloan Commissions (Flow & Ballad of Phineas P. Gage)

2000 Perishable Playwriting Prize (In the Wild)



Photos

Top row: Crystal Skillman, Hersh Ellis, Richard Holt, Mei Henri, Drew Desky, Dane Lev Photo

Top row: Crystal Skillman, Hersh Ellis, Richard Holt, Mei Henri, Drew Desky, Dane Levens. Bottom row: Jordan Benjamin, Salma Shaw

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Date:
01/24/2022
Crystal Skillman, Justin Cole Adams, Bobby Cronin
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Crystal Skillman, Justin Cole Adams, Bobby Cronin

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Date:
08/14/2019
Pulp Vérté cast with playwright Crystal Skillman, dramaturg Dan Smith, director Photo

Pulp Vérté cast with playwright Crystal Skillman, dramaturg Dan Smith, directors Deric McNish and Alexis Black, and Stage Manager Jenny Popovich.

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Date:
02/25/2019
Zachary Noah Piser and Bonnie Milligan in Crystal Skillman and Lynne Shankel''''s POS Photo

Zachary Noah Piser and Bonnie Milligan in Crystal Skillman and Lynne Shankel''''s POSTCARD AMERICAN TOWN

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Date:
02/08/2019
 
Writing
Bookwriter

2021 Orchard Project Audio Lab Selection 

2020-23 Playwrights Center Core Member 

2020-22 SDSU New Musicals Initiative Winner 

2019 Kilroys List

2018 EMOS Prize

2018 MUT Award (Critics Prize)

2018 Finalist McKnight Fellowship

2018 BAPF Finalist

2018 PlayPenn Semi-Finalist

2018 O'Neill Semi-Finalist

2016 New Harmony Project In Residence Writer

2015 Clifford Odets Ensemble Play Commission, LSTFI (Pulp Vérité)

2014 Pace University web series commission (Drunk Art Love)

2011¬†Manhattan Best Of ‚ÄúPlaywright to Watch‚ÄĚ;¬†2011¬†People of the Year (NYTheatre.com)

2010 Outstanding Full Length Play NY IT Award

(The Vigil)

2006 Rising Phoenix Rep Commissions

(Birthday, Nobody, Telling Trilogy)

2005 Lincoln Center Directors Lab

(Sleeping World Workshop)

2001 Ensemble Studio Theater/Sloan Commissions (Flow & Ballad of Phineas P. Gage)

2000 Perishable Playwriting Prize (In the Wild)


Crystal Skillman Biography

Crystal Skillman is a four time NYTimes Critics‚Äô Pick playwright expanding into audio drama and television. You can listen to KING KIRBY, her episodic audio play written with Fred Van Lente, just released on Broadway Podcast Network about the life of comic book artist Jack Kirby, co-creator of the Marvel Universe or read their comic book EAT FIGHTER (on WebToon, currently being shopped for animation). Crystal is currently writing her scripted audio drama series THE MAGICIAN‚ÄôS MAGICIAN which will be released with BOOM Integrated/John Marshall Media this fall. Crystal is a noted bookwriter of musicals. Her musicals with Bobby Cronin include the award-winning MARY AND MAX, her play with music RAIN AND ZOE SAVE THE WORLD, CONCRETE JUNGLE (Additional Material), and Bobby composed the score for KING KIRBY. Other musicals include POSTCARD AMERICAN TOWN with composer Lynne Shankel (Awarded the 2020-22 SDSU New Musical Initiative), THIS SHOW IS MONEY (Civilians R & D Group) with composer Gaby Alter, and A NEW CITY (Sam Ratelle). Crystal is the author of plays GEEK (Vampire Cowboys) and OPEN (The Tank Theatre/AFO), She was selected for the 2020-2023 Core Membership at The Playwrights‚Äô Center and her play PULP V√ČRIT√Č was recently featured in their season. Current feature screenplays include SEVEN VARIATIONS ON THE SAME LOVER and DRUNK ART LOVE. Crystal has written for Marvel Comics as well as ‚ÄúAdventure Time‚ÄĚ.

Crystal Skillman Awards and Nominations

 
IT Awards - 2010 - Outstanding Original Full-Length Script Gold Star
Crystal SkillmanThe Vigil or The Guided Cradle

Crystal Skillman News

World Premiere of POSTCARD AMERICAN TOWN by Lynne Shankel & Crystal Skillman to be Pr Photo World Premiere of POSTCARD AMERICAN TOWN by Lynne Shankel & Crystal Skillman to be Presented by SDSU
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 20, 2022

The newest production in SDSU‚Äôs New Musical Initiative,¬†Postcard American Town¬†will have its world premiere from April 29 ‚Äď May 5, 2022. Written by Lynne Shankel and Crystal Skillman, this world premiere production will be directed by Professor Stephen Brotebeck, and music directed by Professor Robert Meffe from the School of Theatre, Television, and Film.¬†

The Tank Announces Casts and Dates For IN SCENA! ITALIAN THEATER FESTIVAL NY Photo The Tank Announces Casts and Dates For IN SCENA! ITALIAN THEATER FESTIVAL NY
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 5, 2022

The Tank will present two Mario Fratti Award-winning plays, The Land of the Swollen Faces by Paolo Bignami, translated by Carlotta Brentan, and directed by Laura Caparrotti and Jay Stern and Hide and Seek by Tobia Rossi, translated and directed by Carlotta Brentan.

Marc delaCruz, Nasia Thomas, & More Featured in New York Theatre Barn's New Works Ser Photo Marc delaCruz, Nasia Thomas, & More Featured in New York Theatre Barn's New Works Series
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 1, 2022

The 15th season of New York Theatre Barn’s award-winning New Works Series continues on Monday, April 11th, 2022 at 7PM ET at Theaterlab (357 W 36th St, NYC). The live and in-person presentation will feature excerpts from the new musicals With(out) Her and Black-Eyed Susan as well as a conversation with the writers.

New Musicals From Chilina Kennedy, Eric Holmes & More to be Featured in NYTB's New Wo Photo New Musicals From Chilina Kennedy, Eric Holmes & More to be Featured in NYTB's New Works Series
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 25, 2022

The 15th season of New York Theatre Barn’s award-winning New Works Series continues on Monday, April 11th, 2022 at 7PM ET at Theaterlab (357 W 36th St, NYC). The live and in-person presentation will feature excerpts from the new musicals With(out) Her and Black-Eyed Susan as well as a conversation with the writers.

BWW Review: RAIN AND ZOE SAVE THE WORLD, Jermyn Street Theatre Photo BWW Review: RAIN AND ZOE SAVE THE WORLD, Jermyn Street Theatre
by Cindy Marcolina - Feb 18, 2022

Being seventeen is hard enough without having to shoulder a climate emergency. At school, Zoe (Mei Henri in her first stage appearance) is a paladin of justice and Rain (Jordan Benjamin) is the new boy who just moved to the neighbourhood. While protestors gather on the east coast to rally against the big corporation East Coast Energy Solutions, the girl convinces Rain to set out on a cross-country trip to find her mother and save the world in the same breath. Crystal Skillman’s play is a dreamer’s guide to heroic activism. It’s a piece with good intent, euphoric in its stagecraft but unconvincing in its story.

Brave New World Rep Presents BNWorks 2022 Photo Brave New World Rep Presents BNWorks 2022
by Stephi Wild - Jan 26, 2022

Brooklyn's Brave New World Repertory Theatre has announced the fifth edition of its annual new play reading series, Brave New Works 2022: Ditmas Park. In this yearly series, Brave New World Rep (BNW) looks for new plays that address specific hot-button issues of social justice ranging from Race in America and Diversity to Climate Change and Police Reform.

Photos: First Look Into Rehearsals for RAIN AND ZOE SAVE THE WORLD Photo Photos: First Look Into Rehearsals for RAIN AND ZOE SAVE THE WORLD
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 24, 2022

Rain and Zoe Save the World, written by Crystal Skillman with original music by Bobby Cronin and directed by Hersh Ellis, will open February 17th at Jermyn Street Theatre in London.

RAIN AND ZOE SAVE THE WORLD Gets World Premiere at Jermyn Street Theatre Photo RAIN AND ZOE SAVE THE WORLD Gets World Premiere at Jermyn Street Theatre
by Stephi Wild - Jan 12, 2022

Jermyn Street Theatre has announced the cast for the second production of its Outsiders Season, the world premiere of award-winning playwright Crystal Skillman's Rain and Zoe Save the World.

Brave New World Rep to Present BRAVE NEW WORKS 2022: DITMAS PARK Photo Brave New World Rep to Present BRAVE NEW WORKS 2022: DITMAS PARK
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 4, 2022

In this yearly series, Brave New World Rep (BNW) looks for new plays that address specific hot-button issues of social justice ranging from Race in America and Diversity to Climate Change and Police Reform. This year, the topic is: Stories from the Queer/LGBTQIA+ Community.

Jermyn Street Theatre Announces Cast For THRILL ME: THE LEOPOLD AND LOEB STORY Photo Jermyn Street Theatre Announces Cast For THRILL ME: THE LEOPOLD AND LOEB STORY
by Stephi Wild - Dec 8, 2021

Jermyn Street Theatre has announced the cast of the opening production of its Outsiders Season, Stephen Dolginoff's Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story.

Crystal Skillman Videos

VIDEO: First Look at the World Premiere of MARY AND MAX: THE MUSICAL VideoVIDEO: First Look at the World Premiere of MARY AND MAX: THE MUSICAL
by Alan Henry - Oct 23, 2018

Theatre Calgary presents the world premiere of MARY AND MAX - A NEW MUSICAL, with music & lyrics by Bobby Cronin, book by Crystal Skillman, directed by the organization's new artistic director, Stafford Arima, and orchestrations and music supervision by Anna Ebbesen.

VIDEO: Watch Nick Adams, Lauren Elder & More in Rehearsals for Theatre Calgary's MARY VideoVIDEO: Watch Nick Adams, Lauren Elder & More in Rehearsals for Theatre Calgary's MARY AND MAX
by Stage Tube - Oct 15, 2018

Theatre Calgary is preparing to open Mary and Max - A New Musical, the second world premiere of the 2018-19 season, with music and lyrics by Bobby Cronin, book by Crystal Skillman, directed by Theatre Calgary's Artistic Director Stafford Arima, choreography by Jenn Rapp, and orchestrations and music supervision by Anna Ebbesen.

STAGE TUBE: Trailer For INSPIRED 4: A BENEFIT CONCERT, Starring Kerrigan & Lowdermilk, Bobby Cronin and More
by Stage Tube - Mar 19, 2014

Kerrigan & Lowdermilk, Bobby Cronin, Timothy Huang, Lyons & Pakchar, Leanna Renee Hieber, William Demaniow, Amanda Taraska star in INSPIRED 4: A Benefit Concert for Eleventh Hour Rescue NJ & The Low Cost Vet Mobile NYC, on Monday, March 31 at 7pm at Stage 72, NYC. Scroll down to watch the trailer!

STAGE TUBE: Trailer - Contreras, Cronin & More Set for INSPIRED 3 Benefit for Animal Rescue Orgs
by Stage Tube - Jan 17, 2014

Joey Contreras, Bobby Cronin, Jonathan Reid Gealt, McGuire & Simo, Michael Mott, Drew Overcash, Zoe Sarnak, and Brad Simmons will star in INSPIRED 3: A Benefit Concert for A PLACE TO BARK (TN) & SECOND CHANCE RESCUE NYC, on Sunday, January 26 at 7pm at Stage 72, NYC. Watch a trailer for the show below!

STAGE TUBE: Promo Released for CONCRETE JUNGLE UK Concert!
by Stage Tube - Mar 20, 2013

On Sunday 24th March ILIADebuts are hosting a concert celebrating the release of Bobby Cronin's The Concrete Jungle International Studio Recording at St James Theatre Studio, London. Check out a promo for the concert below!

STAGE TUBE: Promo for THEATERSPEAK's WRITE OUT FRONT - J. Stephen Brantley Writes a Play
by Stage Tube - Aug 4, 2012

THEATERSPEAK will present an installation of more than 70 award-winning and emerging playwrights writing new plays in the storefront window of the Drama Book Shop during store hours, August 13th - September 1st, In each two-hour time slot, a different playwright will write their play on a laptop, while the screen shot of their computer is visible to the street, opening their process up to the passerby on the street. Below, check out a video promo for the event, featuring J.Stephen Brantley of Hard Sparks writing a play

STAGE TUBE: Fraser, Triplett, et al. Sing Bobby Cronin
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 3, 2011

Simon Greiff and Phil Sykes (for SimG Productions) will present THE SONGS OF Bobby Cronin on Sunday 27th February 2011 at 8pm at the New Players Theatre featuring an all-star West End cast. Catch a preview for the show below!


Crystal Skillman Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Crystal Skillman written?
Crystal Skillman has written 1 shows including Mary and Max (Bookwriter).

What awards has Crystal Skillman been nominated for?
Outstanding Original Full-Length Script (IT Awards) for The Vigil or The Guided Cradle .

What awards has Crystal Skillman won?
Outstanding Original Full-Length Script (IT Awards) for The Vigil or The Guided Cradle.