Harrison David Rivers
he, him, his
Core Writer
Saint Paul, MN

HARRISON DAVID RIVERS is the winner of the 2018 Relentless Award.

He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Drama at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Home is Saint Paul, Minnesota.

His produced plays include: When Last We Flew (GLAAD Media Award, NYFringe Excellence in Playwriting Award, NYFringe, Diversionary Theatre, TheatreLAB, Real Live Theatre), Sweet (AUDELCO nomination for Best Play, National Black Theatre), And She Would Stand Like This (20% Theatre Company, The Movement Theatre Company), Where Storms Are Born (Berkshire Theatre Award nomination for Best New Play, Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, Williamstown), A Crack in the Sky (History Theatre), Five Points (MN Theatre Award Nominee for Exceptional New Work, Theatre Latte Da) This Bitter Earth ((MN Theatre Award Nominee for Exceptional New Work, New Conservatory Theatre Center, Penumbra, About Face) and To Let Go and Fall (Theatre Latte Da).

His unproduced plays include: the bandaged place, The Sea & The Stars, and all the dead lie down, and The Salvagers.

Harrison was named a Runner-up for the 2018 Artist of the Year by the Star Tribune and a 2017 Artist of the Year by City Pages. He has received McKnight and Many Voices Jerome Fellowships, a Van Lier Fellowship, an Emerging Artist of Color Fellowship and New York Stage & Film’s Founders’ Award. He was the 2016 Playwright-in-Residence at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Harrison is an alum of the Public Theater's Emerging Writers' Group, Interstate 73, NAMT and The Lincoln Center Directors' Lab. He is a NYTW Usual Suspect and a Core Writer at the Playwrights’ Center where he is also a member of the Board of Directors.

BA: Kenyon College.
MFA: Columbia School of the Arts.

Agent Information

Michael Finkle, WME
Email: mfinkle@wmeentertainment.com


by Harrison David Rivers

Jonah is a dancer.
Jonah is injured.
Jonah has an ex-boyfriend.
A brutal and lyrical play about the things we hang on to and the price of moving forward, the bandaged place tells the story of one man’s attempt to free himself from the abuses of his past. Jonah is forced to turn to his precocious daughter and tough love grandmother for support when a former lover resurfaces, re-opening a painful wound.

2W, 3M
by Harrison David Rivers

Neil is a passionate white activist and advocate for the Black Lives Matter movement. Jesse is an introspective black playwright coming to terms with his own activism, or the lack thereof. As racial tensions mount with the extrajudicial killings of black men throughout the country, the young gay couple is forced to contend with the politics of their love in these turbulent times. Wrestling with issues of race and class, this poetic and timely story, is a haunting reminder of the strength it takes to love out loud.

by Harrison David Rivers

The Baker sisters have always been the best of friends, but when their next door neighbor returns home from college, desire threatens to tear them apart. SWEET is a bittersweet coming of age story about the sacrifices we make in order to hold onto the ones we love.


2W, 1M
by Harrison David Rivers

After stealing his local library’s only copy of "Angels in America," misfit teenager Paul locks himself in the bathroom and begins reading the landmark play. He soon finds that his life and the lives of those around him in his small Kansas suburb are about to take flight, and over the course of a seemingly ordinary day, extraordinary things start to happen…

4W, 4M


This Bitter Earth by Harrison David Rivers will run September 22-October 22, 2017 as part of New Conservatory Theatre Center's 2017-2018 season.

And She Would Stand Like This by Harrison David Rivers will run at The Movement Threatre Company (July 20-August 6, 2017).

Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is pleased to announce the recipients of the first round of the 2017 Edgerton Foundation New Play Awards. Recipients include Where Storms are Born by Harrison David Rivers at Williamstown Theatre Festival.

A Crack in the Sky by Harrison David Rivers and Ahmed Yusef will run February 10-March 4, 2018 as part of History Theatre's 2017-2018 season.