Sylvan Oswald creates plays, texts, publications, and video exploring the ways we forge our individual and national identities. Most recently, he created the lo-fi semi-improvised web series Outtakes starring Becca Blackwell and Zuzanna Szadkowski. His plays and collaborations include A Kind of Weather (Playwrights Horizons/Clubbed Thumb Superlab), Sun Ra (Joe’s Pub, Jerome Travel and Study Grant), Profanity (Undermain Theater, Dallas; Six Points Fellowship, Soho Rep Dorothy Strelsin Fellowship), Nightlands (New Georges, Full Stage Commission from New Dramatists), Pony (About Face Theater, Chicago), Vendetta Chrome (Clubbed Thumb), and Dan Hurlin's Disfarmer (St. Ann's Warehouse). Additionally he has developed his work with Center Theatre Group, Playwrights Horizons, The Foundry Theatre, Hangar Theatre, McCarter Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, Portland Center Stage, Soho Rep and Page 73 Production’s I73 Writing Group. Sylvan has received a Jerome Fellowship from The Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis, a Thurber House Playwriting Fellowship from The Ohio State University, and a Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists as well as residencies with The Bau Institute/Camargo Foundation, Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, and The Millay Colony for the Arts. Sylvan created Play A Journal of Plays with Jordan Harrison and has had his writing published in TCG's Audience (R)Evolution, Osmos, The Best American Non-Required Reading 2014, PAJ, and The Brooklyn Rail. He is an assistant professor of playwriting at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film & Television, an affiliated artist at Clubbed Thumb and an alum of New Dramatists. 

Sylvan is available for guest teaching on playwriting, performance text writing, new plays as literature, Gertrude Stein, zines/indie publishing, and/or to lead his workshop "Finding Your Play With Found Text." Previous to UCLA, he coordinated the playwriting/screenwriting program at Purchase College/SUNY, taught playwriting and advised theses at Barnard College, playwriting at Mt. Holyoke and Eugene Lang College, and co-taught "Creating Experimental Music Theater" at Princeton's Atelier.  


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