Chris Weikel

Chris Weikel was one of the first four students to graduate from the Rita and Burton Goldberg MFA in playwriting program at Hunter College, studying under Tina Howe and Mark Bly.  Weikel participated in the Kennedy Center ACTF/NNPN MFA Playwrights Workshop in 2012. His play SECRET IDENTITY was featured during “Playwright’s Week” at the Lark Play Development Center in 2012. His PENNY PENNIWORTH, which according to The New York Times “deserves to become a staple” was produced Off-Broadway by Emerging Artists Theatre Company (EAT) and published by Dramatic Publishing.  His PIG TALE: AN URBAN FAERIE STORY was produced off-off-Broadway by The Other Side of Silence (TOSOS), as well as at the Absolut Dublin International Gay Theatre Festival in 2009. Weikel is a judge-at-large for the New York Innovative Theatre (NYIT) Awards and a regular contributor to Drunken! Careening! Writers! at KGB. He was a 2008-09 Dramatist Guild Fellow, the 2007 recipient of the Robert Chesley Award for emerging gay playwrights, the 2008 recipient of the Irv Zarkower Award, a 2011 recipient of the Rita and Burton Goldberg Award from Hunter College, a 2013 NYFA Fellowship grantee, and the 2014 recipient of the NNPN Smith Prize Commission for political theatre.