Winter Miller is an award-winning playwright and founding member of the Obie-recognized collective 13 Playwrights. She is best known for her drama IN DARFUR which premiered at The Public Theater, followed by an SRO performance at their 1800-seat Delacorte Theater, a first for a play by a woman.  

“I think that art transforms. And you can’t say ‘I didn’t know’ if you know.” ♦

Winter Miller's Quasi-comic Abortion Drama in The New Yorker, Dec. 2015

Spare Rib raises $20,000 for abortion access in one night. With Mozhan Marno, Elizabeth Marvel, Lady Rizo, Gloria Steinem, Dr. Willie Parker, Winter Miller, Adrienne Campbell-Holt, Kate Rigg, Marin Ireland, Deirde O'Connell, Samantha Bee, Rachel Karpf, Vella Lovell and Diana Oh

Spare Rib raises $20,000 for abortion access in one night. With Mozhan Marno, Elizabeth Marvel, Lady Rizo, Gloria Steinem, Dr. Willie Parker, Winter Miller, Adrienne Campbell-Holt, Kate Rigg, Marin Ireland, Deirde O'Connell, Samantha Bee, Rachel Karpf, Vella Lovell and Diana Oh

 

IN DARFUR won the “Two-Headed Challenge” commission from the Guthrie Theatre and the Playwrights Center. Winter traveled with her former boss, New York Times Pulitzer-winning columnist Nicholas Kristof to the Sudan border to research on the ground. IN DARFUR has been produced in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Florida, Massachusetts and Canada.

Mia Farrow, Samantha Power, Winter Miller In Darfur at the Delacorte, Central Park

Mia Farrow, Samantha Power, Winter Miller

In Darfur at the Delacorte, Central Park

Plays

NO ONE IS FORGOTTEN (Kilroys Hon Mention, 2016, The Magic Theatre's Playwrights Week 2016, Salt Lake Acting Company Playlab 2017)  •  SPARE RIB (Relentless Awards Hon Mention 2016, Kilroys Hon Mention 2015, Civilians R&D)  •  LOOK AT US (Dir. by Craig Lucas, The Cherry Lane)  •  IN DARFUR (Dir. Joanna Settle, The Public Theater and regional prods at TimeLine, WAM, Theatre J, Horizon, The Landing  •  THE PENETRATION PLAY (Dir. Josh Hecht, 13P, NYC)  •  THE ARRIVAL •  SEED: A Vaudevillian Cabaret • The Musical AMANDINE  

Gloria Steinem, Winter Miller, Amanda Siegfried, The Penetration Play, NYC

Gloria Steinem, Winter Miller, Amanda Siegfried, The Penetration Play, NYC

Affiliations 

NYFA Artist 2016, The Civilians R&D Lab 2015, The Lark 2014, Playwrights Center Core Writer Residency 2011-2014, and fellowships from Sundance Institute, Hedgebrook, The Cherry Lane, the Lark, Orchard Project, Space on Ryder Farm, New York Theatre Workshop Monday @3 and Blue Mountain Center. New Georges Affiliated Artist.

Commissions  

•  The New Black Fest ~ Trayvon Martin  •  Joe’s Pub ~ Toshi Reagon  • Baltimore Center Stage ~ America Project  •  No Passport ~ Gun Control Action Project & Pulse Night Club  •  Keen Co. •  Theatre Askew  •  Planet Connectivity•  Voices of Uganda

Producing Theaters

13P, The Public, Center Theatre Group, New Black Fest, The Cherry Lane Theatre, TimeLine, WAM, Theater J, The Goodman, Keen, Baltimore Center Stage, Horizon, Hourglass and the 52nd Street Project. Her plays have been performed in London, Uganda and Canada.

 Kitgum, Northern UgandaPhoto Katy Fox

 Kitgum, Northern UgandaPhoto Katy Fox

Published  

Samuel French, Playscripts, Eve Ensler’s anthology A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer Villard/Random House, Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists Seal Press, OnStage Press, No Passport Press, Applause: Best Monologues of the Millennium Smith & Kraus' Best Scenes and Monologues 2005

Interviews and profiles in The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Bomb, NPR, MPR, The Los Angeles Times, Smith College Alumnae Quarterly and blogs.

Teaching

A playwriting instructor and mentor, Ms. Miller leads Weekend Warrior Intensives and Series Six workshops. Adjunct Professor at The New School MFA, SUNY Purchase B.A., Primary Stages ESPA, Visiting Lecturer Princeton, New York Theatre Workshop's Mind the Gap, Girl Be Heard, Sundance Institute, Stella Adler Outreach, Arts Connection TRaC (2x finalist President’s Coming Up Taller Award) and worked with youth in refugee camps in Northern Uganda and Palestine. She has made plays with marginalized youth,  HOME/AWAY (Theatre Askew) and CONSPICUOUS (Keen Company).

Voices of Uganda brought Winter to northern Uganda to create plays with a group of youth living in a refugee camp whose lives were ravaged by the Lords Resistance Army and HIV/ AIDS. The plays were written in English and Luo and performed for and by refugees. She participated in the documentary "After Kony: Staging Hope." Stateside, legends Ruby Dee, Allison Janney and Liv Ullman have performed her monologue Lifelines.

Winter has committed acts of journalism writing 70+ articles for the Metro and Arts sections of The New York Times and as a regular contributor to the Music and Style sections. She has written for New York Magazine, The Boston Globe, Variety and The Brooklyn Rail

Columbia University, MFA •  Smith College, B.A. cum laude 

A Certified Core Energetics Practitioner, Winter works with writers to open channels