Sheri Wilner’s play Kingdom City received its world premier production at the La Jolla Playhouse in September 2014. The Los Angeles Times declared it “as potentially major a new American play as we’ve seen since Richard Greenberg took on homophobia and racism in Take Me Out.” Kingdom City previously received a workshop by the La Jolla Playhouse, directed by Pam MacKinnon in June 2013; and a reading, also directed by Pam MacKinnon and starring Jessica Hecht, in June 2012.
She has twice been a co-winner of the prestigious Heideman Award granted by the Actors Theatre of Louisville: in 1998 for Labor Day, which premiered at the 1999 Humana Festival, and in 2001 for Bake Off, which premiered at the 2002 Humana Festival. Bake Off was praised by The New York Times as a “barbed, witty, thoughtful, giggle and snort inducing satire on gender roles” that was “the clear apex” of the festival.
A full-length musical version of Bake Off, entitled Cake Off, which she wrote with Julia Jordan (co-book and co-lyricist) and Adam Gwon (co- lyricist and composer) was produced at the Signature Theatre in Washington, D.C. from September 29 – November 22, 2015 and nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Original Play or Musical Adaptation. Cake Off was subsequently workshopped at the Old Globe in San Diego in January 2016 and will receive a production at Bucks County Playhouse from August – September 2016.
Her play Father Joy was produced at the 2006 Summer Play Festival in New York and at the 2005 Contemporary American Theatre Festival in Shepherdstown, WV. Father Joy received readings at the Old Vic in London, the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference, Primary Stages, Philadelphia Theatre Company, New Georges, and Rattlestick Theatre.
Her other plays include Hunger, The End, A Tall Order, Equilibrium, Relative Strangers, Little Death of a Salesman, The Bushesteia, The Unknown Part of the Ocean, and Joan of Arkansas and have been performed at major regional and national theatres including the Cherry Lane, City Theatre (Miami), Ensemble Studio Theatre, Guthrie Theater, Naked Angels, New Georges, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and The Women’s Project.
Her work has been published in over a dozen anthologies, and Playscripts.com has published twelve of her one-acts, which have received over three hundred productions across the United States as well as in Australia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Japan, United Kingdom and India.
Her playwriting awards include a Howard Foundation Fellowship in Playwriting, a Bush Artist Fellowship and two Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellowships.
Also an established playwriting teacher, she has just been appointed the Rev. J. Donald Monan, S.J. Professor in Theatre Arts at Boston College for the 2016-2017 academic year. She recently completed her appointments as the Master Playwright for the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs’ Playwright Development Program and the Fred Coe Visiting Playwright-in- Residence at Vanderbilt University. Previously she was a Visiting Assistant Professor in Playwriting at Florida State University’s MFA Dramatic Writing Program. She has also taught numerous classes at the Primary Stages’ Einhorn School of Performing Arts and has conducted playwriting workshops at Fordham University; Cornell University; University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program; and New York University’s Drama Therapy Program.
She attended Cornell University and received her MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University.
She lives in New York City.