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 a standing room only performance at their 1800-seat Delacorte Theater in Central Park, a first for a play by a woman.
IN DARFUR won the 2006 “Two-Headed Challenge” commission from the Guthrie 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.
Plays Include: NO ONE IS FORGOTTEN, LOOK AT US, SPARE RIB (An Unruly History of Abortion), THE PENETRATION PLAY, THE ARRIVAL, SEED: a vaudevillian cabaret, the musical AMANDINE.
Affiliations: The Civilians R&D Lab 2015, The Lark 2014, Core Writer residency the Playwrights Center 2011-2013, and fellowships from Sundance Institute, Hedgebrook, The Cherry Lane, the Lark, Orchard Project, Space on Ryder Farm, New York Theatre Workshop Monday @3, and Voice&Vision. New Georges Affiliated Artist.
Commissions: The New Black Fest //Trayvon Martin, Joe’s Pub //Toshi Reagon, Baltimore Center Stage //America Project, Planet Connectivity, No Passport //Gun Control Action Project, Keen Teens, Theatre Askew and Voices of Uganda.
Producing Theaters Include: 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.
Publishers: Samuel French, Playscripts, Eve Ensler’s anthology A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer Villard/Random House, Seal Press, OnStage Press, No Passport Press, Applause: Best Monologues of the Millennium, Smith & Kraus' Best Scenes and Monologues 2005.
Interviews in The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Bomb, NPR, MPR, The Los Angeles Times, Smith College Alumnae Quarterly and writing blogs.
Teaching: A playwriting instructor and mentor, Ms. Miller leads Weekend Warrior and Tuesday Series Six workshops independently. She has taught at The New School, SUNY Purchase, Primary Stages ESPA, Princeton, NYTW'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 LRA and AIDS. The plays were written in English and Luo and performed for and by refugees. With the youth, she is part of the documentary "After Kony: Staging Hope." Stateside, legends Ruby Dee, Allison Janney and Liv Ullman have performed Lifelines.
Winter committed acts of journalism writing stories 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.
MFA from Columbia University and graduated cum laude from Smith College.
As a Certified Core Energetics Practitioner, Winter works with writers to open channels: