Playwright Zayd Dohrn was born underground and raised in New York City.
He currently splits his time between the U.S. and Shanghai. His plays, including The Profane, Outside People, Long Way Go Down, Muckrakers, Sick, and Reborning, have been produced off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons, The Vineyard Theatre, Naked Angels, and The Public (SPF), as well as theaters around the country and internationally, including Steppenwolf First Look, SF Playhouse, Brazil’s Visceral Companhia, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Germany’s BrechtBau-Theater, the Berkshire Theater Festival, Theater for One, New Repertory Theater, Chautauqua, Southern Rep, and Kitchen Dog.
He has also written screenplays for The American Film Company, Bedlam Productions, and Vox3 Films, and developed original teleplays at HBO, Fox 21, and Sundance TV. He is currently writing a pilot about the radical revolutionary movements of the 1970’s for Showtime, and another with his wife, Chinese soap opera star Rachel DeWoskin, about the expat community in modern-day Beijing, for BBC America.
He is the recipient of the 2016 Horton Foote New American Play Prize, the Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, the Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Award, the Sky Cooper American Playwriting Prize, Theatre Master’s Visionary Playwright Award, and Lincoln Center’s Lecomte du Nouy Prize. He attended Columbia University, received his MFA from NYU, and was a two-year Lila Acheson Wallace Fellow at Juilliard. He currently teaches in the MFA program in Writing for the Screen & Stage at Northwestern University.