Deborah Yarchun
Affiliated Writer
New York, NY

Deborah Yarchun is a New Jersey-born, Air Force-raised and Austin-rooted playwright; her plays are just as geographically discombobulated. Her plays have been developed at The New Harmony Project, Jewish Ensemble Theater, The Great Plains Theater Conference, Jewish Plays Project's OPEN: The Festival of New Jewish Theater, The Playwrights’ Center, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Red Eye Theater, TheatreSquared, and WordBRIDGE, and produced at Fusion Theatre, Theater Master’s National MFA Playwrights Festival, EstroGenius Festival, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, The Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival, Playwrights Horizons' Peter Jay Sharp Theater by Young Playwrights Inc., and at theaters and universities across the United States and Canada. Deborah’s honors include two Jerome Fellowships at The Playwrights' Center, an EST/Sloan Commission, The Kennedy Center's Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award, the Kernodle New Play Award, University of Iowa’s Richard Maibaum Playwriting Award, and the Iowa Arts Fellowship. She was the Dorit & Gerald Paul Artist in Residence at Indiana University for Spring 2016. M.F.A., University of Iowa.


Deborah Yarchun's play Preservation has been selected for the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition’s Collaboration Award (with director Jess Chayes). The awardees recognize women who successfully collaborate to create new films and stage works.

Hans & Sophie (a project co-created by Deborah Yarchun with producer/actor Sean Hudock and director Illana Stein) was presented as a staged reading on March 30th and 31st at Amphibian Stage.

Deborah Yarchun's play the calm before was a semi-finalist for Premiere Stages 2019 Premiere Play Festival.

An excerpt from Deborah Yarchun's play the calm before is published in the March/April edition of The Dramatists.

Theatre Ariel is presenting five readings of Deborah Yarchun's play The Man in the Sukkah (workshopped previously at The Playwrights' Center through the Jerome Fellowship program) through their 2018/19 Salon Ariel Season between December 1st - 16th in Philly. Read about it.