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 Great White won second place in the Henley Rose Playwright Competition for Women (


Deborah Yarchun's A PICKLE (produced by Really Spicy Opera) will be presented at the Twin Cities Jewish Humor Festival (starring Angela Timberman) on January 22nd at 7:30 pm. For more information, including tickets, visit:

Deborah Yarchun's THE MAN IN THE SUKKAH is one of fourteen plays selected for Jewish Plays Projects 2018 National Competition “Best Of” Year. More information available here:

Deborah Yarchun is currently a 2017-2018 Dramatists Guild Foundation Playwriting Fellow. Find out more here:

Deborah Yarchun's play PRESERVATION was workshopped at the William Inge Center for the Arts, directed by Jess Chayes in November 2017.