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This fall, Playing on Air is thrilled and honored to present a new season of eight short audio plays.

On Sundays beginning October 18, new episodes from dynamic playwrights including Lucas Hnath, Dominique Morisseau, Rachel Bonds, and Melis Aker will be available online and via podcast. Each play features exceptional artists from stage, television, and film, including longstanding friends of Playing on Air like William Jackson Harper, Carol Kane, Amy Ryan, and April Matthis, and welcoming new voices to our ensemble including Jean Smart, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, and J. Alphonse Nicholson.

San Francisco Playhouse continued its commitment to developing new plays and nurturing the voices of active writers with the selection of the playwrights who will comprise the third year of the company's five-year commission program.

The recipients of these commissions are Julia Brothers (first commission), Brian Copeland (Not a Genuine Black Man), Ruben Grijalva (Value Over Replacement), and Tori Keenan-Zelt (The JonBenet Game).

New Georges commissioned some tiny new plays for the time of new plays. You can find mine (WEATHER WE'RE HAVING) and others here!


Heartbroken for our artists and colleagues when theaters shut down this week with their beautiful, long-imagined work inside (or waiting right outside the door)… we looked ahead at a time of no plays, thought about what we might need, and asked our artists for tiny plays to share: perhaps a tiny balm for us, them, and you.

Portia Krieger and I were selected for this year's Audrey Residency. We'll be working on UNTITLED TAXIDERMY PLAY. 


Announcing Cycle 7,  the new group of Audrey residents at New Georges!

Named for Audrey Bernfield, Susan’s mom, an innovative mentor and of course a great supporter of our company, the year-long residencies that make up our core play development program are project-based and collaboration-focused. 

I'm delighted to announce that I'm now working with Samara Harris at The Robert Freedman Dramatic Agency. She's caring and fierce. Stay tuned!

Tori Selected for Project Y Playwrights Group

Nov 26, 2019

Project Y Theatre is thrilled to announce the 2020 Project Y Playwrights Group! Can't wait to work with this amazing group of writers this year.






Jul 29, 2019

On Monday, July 29, 2019, The New York Innovative Theatre Awards, announced the 2019 nominees for the annual Off-Off-Broadway awards. The It Awards have celebrated the vibrant and creative theatre community for the past 15 years. 

Jul 17, 2019

In Tori Keenan-Zelt's dark comedy How the Baby Died, Grand Guignol hijinks take center stage in this absurdly comic play about a nanny, a baby, and its daddies.

Our interview with Keenan-Zelt reveals more about the motivation behind the play and what she hopes to achieve from participating in #BAPF2019.

Apr 30, 2019

The Bay Area Playwrights Festival, now in its 42nd year, welcomes a new cohort of fiercely talented and insightful playwrights who present challenging and provocative developing new work this summer. Save the date for two transformative weekends of readings, speakers, panels and a celebration of the creative fire.


Performance schedule will be announced May 15.

HOW TO BE A WIDOW Wins Ellie Playwriting Award

Feb 13, 2019

The Ivoryton Playhouse is thrilled to announce the dates of its Third Annual Women Playwrights Initiative - Passion, Power and Prose 2019.

The Initiative includes the Ellie Award and a $500 stipend for each of the four women playwrights chosen and provides a safe, nurturing environment...

Dec 10, 2018

In anticipation of the gala 30th anniversary celebration of The First Night Awards, Tennessee's best and brightest in live theater were revealed tonight as First Night's Top Ten of 2018.

SEPH Named Princess Grace Finalist

July 14, 2018

From a national pool, SEPH was named as one of 18 Finalists for the Princess Grace Foundation Award in Playwriting. 

Happy Bastille Day!

July 3, 2018

Playwright Tori Keenan-Zelt's emergence as a force in contemporary theater seems assured with her newest play, Truth/Dare, an incisive, on-target treatment of the pitfalls of adolescence and the frailty of relationships during a time in which everything seems in a constant state of flux...

TRUTH/DARE Nashville Premiere at Woven Theatre

Woven Theatre Company kicks off its third season with Tori Keenan-Zelt’s “Truth/Dare.” Exploring themes of friendship, faith and transformation, the play centers on four close-knit friends in the late ’90s, who gather together for one last sleepover before they start high school. But a mysterious tragedy leaves them struggling with “what happened, what has been lost, and who they are now.” 



TRUTH/DARE in New York Theatre Review

Whoever first said high school represents the best years of your life must have been in a coma during their entire adolescence.  Or they were perhaps one of those assholes who made things terrible for the rest of us.  Or, most likely, with time comes the ability to compartmentalize and rationalize the bitter traumas of young adulthood. 


Playwright Tori Keenan-Zelt is intimately familiar with this emotional space, and her unsparing play Truth/Darepulsates with restless, hormonal volatility. 

Since 2010, the Ingram New Works Festival has brought four extraordinary playwrights from across the country to Nashville each year to share their new plays with local audiences. All of the plays have been developed for several months with local actors, directors, and artists as part of the Ingram New Works Lab, just one of the facets of Nashville Repertory Theatre’s Ingram New Works Project.

May 10, 2018

On the first night of Nashville’s 1,000-year flood, the Nashville Repertory Theatre staged the city’s first festival of new plays—the Ingram New Works Festival. 

Tori Refuses to Leave Nashville

Nov 2017

Nashville Repertory Theatre is pleased to announce the Playwrights for the 2017/2018 Ingram New Works Project: Cristina Florencia Castro, Nate Eppler, Tori Keenan-Zelt, and James Anthony Tyler.

SEPH Comes to The Araca Project

Sept 2017

Tori Keenan-Zelt's New Play SEPH Coming to American Theatre of Actors

I Interview Playwrights Part 982: Tori Keenan-Zelt

Sept 2017

Adam Szymkowicz has interviewed so many playwrights. One of them is Tori.

Panglossian's Latest Tackles Prejudice with Dark Humor

Aug 16, 2017

The play... tackles the notion of prejudice in a unique way. Sylvia expects a grand adventure out of Egypt, almost as if the country's people owe it to her. What she finds is quite different.

"It also parallels what one person from one culture expects from another one and how we just assume that our needs are going to be met," Whitacre said. "I think it helps show us how to question our prejudices."


"There's an element of we're not quite sure to react to it," Whitacre said. "It helps us to question 'should.'"

Tori Takes Over Nashville BWW

April 21, 2017

Playwright Tori Keenan-Zelt takes over BWW­_Nashville's Twitter account today as she goes on a Playwright's Adventure in Music City, including the first rehearsal for Actors' Bridge's upcoming workshop production of her new play Seph...

Tori Selected for EST Playwrights Unit

January 2017

An amazing thing about living in theatre is seeing relationships grow along with the art. We take turns as one another's teachers, collaborators, inspirations, conspirators, clowns, and friends. EST has made a home for all of this, and I'm very happy to be spending time there with women whose work I love and who heard in my first, tentative lines the things I could eventually sing. 

AIR SPACE is a Princess Grace Finalist

July 2016

Margulies is excited.


That is all.







AIR SPACE on The Kilroys List

June 2016

LOS ANGELES: The Kilroys have released the third annual edition of “The List,” which features 32 industry-recommended new plays by female and trans playwrights. The L.A.-based cohort of playwrights and producers is committed to working toward gender parity for playwrights in the American theatre. According to the Count, an ongoing study funded by the Lilly Awards and the Dramatists Guild released in 2015, just 22 percent of productions in regional theatres over the three years prior were written by women...

WORKING CHILDREN Nominated for Emmy

May 2016

In 1775, a young apprentice boy dreams of a better life while working in a Philadelphia print shop. A Mexican-American migrant girl in 1960's California struggles to harvest garlic all day and keep up with her studies. These and other working children help illuminate the evolution of child labor in America from colonial times to today.

TRUTH DARE... @ High Desert

April 8, 2016

Two nationally recognized playwrights were in Las Cruces in late March and early April, as readings of their plays were presented on the stage of the Mark and Stephanie Medoff stage at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts.


February 13, 2016

Good Monsters is a play about Frank, who shot Safira in a Walmart parking lot. Frank is a police officer. He is white. He is a veteran. He is trusted with protecting people. Safira was 16. She was Kuwaiti. She was not armed. She had stolen a pair of jeans. She was running. She was shot. And she died. And now, Safira haunts Frank...

Doing a little research for my new play, I went to NYComicCon to try cosplay for myself. Jane Austen is my hero, so I made her super! I met some fascinating women, who are profiled in this piece by Refinery29. Check 'em out!

Harvard Office of the Arts Panel

October 2, 2015

I went home to Harvard to talk with Alison Rich '09 and some very cool undergrads about being an artist at (and after) Harvard. One of 'em wrote a blog about it.

Ingram New Works Interview

April 7, 2015

"As we gear up for our annual Ingram New Works Festival (happening May 6-16, don’t miss it!), we want to introduce you to our three 2014-15 Lab Playwrights: Bianca Sams, Gabrielle Sinclair and Tori Keenan-Zelt. Since October, our lab playwrights have gathered here in Nashville each month with our Resident Playwright Nate Eppler to create, critique, read and write… and rewrite. Mainly to rewrite..."

Tori Selected for Propulsion Lab

August 25, 2014

"Mission to (dit)Mars, a theatre arts collective serving Queens artists, is excited to announce the selection of nine new members to The Propulsion Lab, a Queens’ writers group serving emerging playwrights from the borough..."

July 31, 2014

"...there are loftier ambitions at play here than just an English sit-com... Keenan-Zelt digs at the motivations behind the period “sillies” we’re used to seeing... and questions their existence. Although we can’t help but enjoy the “imposing parasols” and cries of “Lepers, Mamma!” (real, fantastic quotes), as we travel further down... we keep looking for the source of the trouble."

May 14, 2014

"The mystery of the tragedy at the center of the plot had a slow but effective reveal and I even shed a tear, because I’m human. We selected this show as Best Ensemble."

June 2015

THE LIST includes the results of the first annual industry survey of excellent new plays by female-identified playwrights. It is a tool for producers committed to ending the systemic underrepresentation of female voices* in the American theater...

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