Tori Sampson
McKnight Fellow in Playwriting
Minneapolis, MN
Biography

Tori hails from Boston, MA. Her plays include If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must be a Muhfucka (Playwrights Horizons 2019) THIS LAND WAS MADE (Vineyard Theater 2018), CADILLAC CREW (Yale Repertory 2019), and Where Butterflies go in the Winter. Her plays have been developed at Great Plains National Theater Conference, Berkeley Repertory Theater’s The Ground Floor residency program, Victory Garden’s IGNITION festival, Playwrights Foundation and UBUNTU theater. Tori is a 2017-18 Playwright’s Center Jerome Fellow. Two of her plays appeared on the 2017 Kilroys List and she holds an Honorable Mention from the 2016 Relentless Award.  She is the Kennedy Center’s 2016 Paula Vogel Playwright and second-place Lorraine Hansberry recipient. She is a 2017 finalist for the Alliance Theater’s Kendeda Prize and a 2018 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist.

 

Tori is currently working on commissions from Berkeley Repertory Theater, Yale Repertory Theater and Atlantic Theater Company. She holds a B.S. in sociology from Ball State University and an MFA in playwriting from Yale School of Drama. 

Successes

This Land was Made set to premiere August 5th at the Ignition Festival of New Plays 2017.