Donna’s work has been seen in 47 states and on five continents, including at Barrington Stage, Barrow Group, Celebration Theatre, Gulfshore Theatre, Queens Theatre, The Road, Writers Theatre New Jersey, Phoenix Theatre, Atlantic Stage, Purple Rose, Skylight, Pride Films and Plays, New Jersey Rep, Hens and Chickens (London), The Galway Fringe Festival, and Actors Repertory Theatre of Luxembourg. Plays include BRILLIANT WORKS OF ART (Kilroys List), ELEVATOR GIRL (O’Neill and Princess Grace finalist), SAFE (winner of the Todd McNerney, Naatak, and Great Gay Play and Musical Contests), and TEACH (Gulfshore New Works winner). She has been nominated for the Primus, Blackburn, and Laura Pels prizes, and is a three-time winner of the Emanuel Fried Award for Outstanding New Play (SEEDS, SONS & LOVERS, ONCE IN MY LIFETIME). She has also received an Individual Artist Award from the New York State Council on the Arts to develop HEARTS OF STONE, and, in its final three years, Artvoice named her Buffalo's Best Writer—the only woman to ever receive the designation.
Donna also serves on the Dramatists Guild Council, is an ensemble playwright at Road Less Traveled Productions, blogger, moderator of the 12,000+-member Official Playwrights of Facebook, New York Times-published crossword puzzle constructor; children's and trivia book author; and founder/co-curator of BUA Takes 10: GLBT Short Stories. Speaking engagements include Citywrights, Kenyon Playwrights Conference, the Dramatists Guild National Conference, Chicago Dramatists, the Austin Film Festival, and a live Dramatists Guild webinar. Her commentary has been seen on #2amt, howlround, The Dramatist, the Official Playwrights of Facebook, Workshopping the New Play (Applause, 2017), and at donnahoke.com.
WEBSITE AND SOCIAL MEDIA
FB: Donna Hoke; Donna Hoke, Playwright,
MORE ABOUT ME
Most gratifying moment of theater: ONCE IN MY LIFETIME (A Buffalo Football Fantasy), a commissioned play in which the Buffalo Bills win the Super Bowl. It was a play for and about a specific community and it brought people into theater who had never been before, had no idea what it was, but who left experiencing the magic. The sad thing? Nobody knows about it, because it happened in the regions. I wish the industry paid more attention to what happens in the regions.
WHAT I'M WORKING ON
A solo show called ESMERANDA'S GIFT (Or How To Make A Crossword Puzzle And Solve Your Life), a comedy called FINDING NEIL PATRICK HARRIS, an audio soap, and a screenplay because I can spare the downtime to finally learn!
comedy, holiday, seriocomedy, adaptations, LGBTQ, historic, radio plays, classic revisited, provocative, strong female leads