Winter Miller is an award-winning playwright and founding member of the Obie-winning 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.  


no one is forgotten

2f, 85 minutes Kilroys Hon Mention, 2016, Development: The Magic Theatre's Virgin Series 2016, Salt Lake Acting Company Playlab 2017, New York Stage and Film Winter Reading Series 2017, National New Play Network Presentation 2017, Unicorn Theater 2018

spare rib

6f, 95 minutes Relentless Awards Honorable Mention 2016, Kilroys Hon Mention 2015, Civilians R&D, Society for Ethical Culture, The LGBTQIA Center, Judson Church

in darfur

4f, 3m, 90 minutes Dir. Joanna Settle, The Public Theater, NYC. Regional productions at TimeLine (Chicago), WAM (Massachusetts), Theatre J (Washington, D.C.), Horizon (Atlanta), Mosaic (Florida), The Landing (Texas), Awake (Canada).   Winner of the “Two-Headed Challenge” from the Guthrie Theatre and the Playwrights Center.

the penetration play

3f, 80 minutes Dir. Josh Hecht, Produced by 13P, NYC, Stag Theater (London)  

the arrival 2f, 2m, 110 minutes Ruth Easton Playwrights Lab, The Playwrights Center

paternity 2f, 3m, 90 minutes Dir. by Craig Lucas, The Cherry Lane Theater 

seed: a vaudevillian cabaret 2w, 3m, 1 gender fluid, 130 minutes New York Theater Workshop Mondays@3

amandine, a musical 3f, 2m, 1 gender fluid, 100 minutes Joe’s Pub, NYTW Mondays@3

conspicuous 12f/m, 30 minutes Keen Co.

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

I think that art transforms. And you can’t say ‘I didn’t know’ if you know. 
— Winter Miller in The New Yorker
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, Deirdre 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, Deirdre O'Connell, Samantha Bee, Rachel Karpf, Vella Lovell and Diana Oh

Spare Rib is a ‘quasi-comic abortion drama
— The New Yorker
Gloria Steinem, Winter Miller, Amanda Siegfried, The Penetration Play, NYC

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


New George’s Audrey Resident 2018, 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.


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


A playwriting instructor and mentor, Ms. Miller leads Weekend Warrior Intensives and Series Six workshops. She has been an Adjunct Professor at Queens University of Charlotte, The New School MFA, SUNY Purchase B.A., Primary Stages ESPA, The New Group and a Visiting Lecturer at Princeton. She’s led workshops for New York Theatre Workshop's Mind the Gap, Girl Be Heard, Sundance Institute, Stella Adler Outreach, Arts Connection 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 written 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


Samuel French, Eve Ensler’s anthology A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer Villard/Random House, Playscripts, Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists Seal Press, Caffe Cino, 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 Quarterly.

Kitgum, Northern UgandaPhoto Katy Fox

Kitgum, Northern UgandaPhoto Katy Fox



13P, The Public, Center Theatre Group, New Black Fest, The Cherry Lane Theatre, TimeLine, WAM, Theater J, The Goodman, Keen, Baltimore Center Stage, Horizon, Mosaic, The Stag, Hourglass, 52nd Street Project. Productions in London, Uganda and Canada.




M.F.A. Playwriting                

Columbia University       

B.A. Theater and Women’s Studies         

Smith College

Cum Laude, Denis Johnston Acting Award


Adjunct Faculty, Masters in Playwriting  Spring 2016

The New School for Drama

Playwriting II 

Guest Lecturer, The New School for Drama          2014 - 2015

The New School for Drama


Adjunct Faculty, Department of Playwriting & Screenwriting Spring 2014

State University of New York, Purchase

PS1250: Plays & Playgoing

Guest Lecturer, Lewis Center for the Arts          February 2014

Princeton University

Playwriting II


Faculty, Playwriting    Fall 2011 - Present

Primary Stages, Einhorn School of Performing Arts, NYC

Courses: Advanced Playwriting, Rewrite, First Draft, Online First Draft


Instructor, Teen Reviewers and Critics         Spring 2011 – Present

High 5 Arts Connection, NYC

Teach high school students in an after-school program how to think and write critically about theater. Designed curriculum to instruct students how to write and perform personal monologues. Program twice nominated for National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards.


Creator and Instructor             June 2012 – Present

The Warrior Writing Intensive

Devised intensive program incorporating improvisational techniques and Core Energetics therapeutic principles to elicit authentic emotional response and overcome fear of writing taboo or unfamiliar subjects. Designed playful and provocative exercises to move participants through self-imposed hurdles and inhibitions to generate brave new work.


Instructor, Interviewing and Playwriting   July – August 2013

New York Theatre Workshop, Mind the Gap

Conducted intergenerational writing workshops designed to bring together participants of different age groups to write a play based on someone else’s story with respect and understanding, gain insights into their own lives and make meaning of their personal narrative.  Plays performed for an invited audience.

Instructor        September – December 2012

Girl Be Heard, NYC

Developed and taught curriculum for nationally recognized organization, using theater to empower young women to become socially confident leaders able to explore their own challenging circumstances.  Pieces performed for invited audiences.


Guest Lecturer        July 2011

Sundance Institute, NYC

Led day-long workshop for NYC residents of varied backgrounds mixing current events with personal narratives for creative expression.


Lecturer            September 2009 - May 2011

Theatre Askew Youth Program

Worked collaboratively with LGBTQ youth to devise two plays based on personal experiences with homelessness and prejudice, which were performed for their communities.


Instructor             June – October 2008

Stella Adler Conservatory, NYC



Playwriting - Beginning - Experienced

Writing the Fast First Draft


Topical / Political Drama

Weekend Intensive Workshops


Dramatic Literature & Theory

Contemporary Drama

Women Writers

African American Writers



Colored short text          2014 - Ongoing

Premiere: National Black Theatre, February 2014

Presented by The New Black Fest in Facing Our Truth: 10 minute Plays on Trayvon, Race and Privilege.

Other Productions: Touring regional theaters including Goodman, CenterStage, Woolly Mammoth, Center Theatre Group, Alliance Theater, Joe's Pub, Brava


SNAP* short text            2014

Premiere: Planet Connectivity Theatre Fest, Classic Stage Company

Presented on a bill along with three one acts by Israel Horovitz, Wendy Macleod and Erik Ehn


Rape Aid          2013 - Ongoing

Premiere: New Ohio Theater

Executive Produced, Conceived and Commissioned short plays on the subject of rape and prevention. Benefit for Safe Horizon.


This is How We Do It short text       June 2013

Premiere: Planet Connectivity Theater Fest @ Signature Theatre's Jewel

Presented by PCTF on a bill with two one-acts by John Patrick Shanley and Neil LaBute


Orangutans Don’t Kill short text           2013

Premiere: Theatre J / force/collision, Wash., D.C.

Presented by Caridad Svich’s NoPassport as the Gun Control Action Project

Other Productions: Pittsburgh PACT, New Dramatists


Lines, with Toshi Reagon text           November 7-11 2012

Premiere: Joe's Pub with Toshi Reagon

Directed by Lear DeBessonet


In Darfur  full-length   2007 - 2013

Premiere: The Public Theater, April 2007

July 9, 2007, SRO performance at the 1800-seat Delacorte Theater in Central Park, a first for a play by a woman. Talkback panel included scholars and activists: Samantha Power, Mia Farrow, Nicholas Kristof, John Prendergast and Omer Ismail

Awards:  Winner of the “Two-Headed Challenge” commission from the Guthrie and the Playwrights Center

Other Productions: Theatre J (Washington D.C.), Timeline (Chicago), Mosaic (Florida), Horizon (Atlanta), Theatre Awake (Canada), WAM (MA)

Benefit readings: Donmar Warehouse (London), Tricycle Theatre (London), Theatre Ubuntu (Orange County, CA)


Paternity full-length              October – May 2011

Premiere: Cherry Lane Theatre, May 2011

Directed and Mentored by Craig Lucas for the Cherry Lane Mentor Project


The F on My Chest  short texts       May 2011

Premiere: Theatre Askew, NYC

Directed by Jason Jacobs in collaboration with NYC LGBTQ youth


Home / Away short texts       May 2010

Premiere: Theatre Askew, NYC

Directed by Jason Jacobs in collaboration with NYC LGBTQ youth


Conspicuous             January 2007

Premiere: Keen Teens, Keen Company, Theatre Row

Directed by Blake Lawrence


The Penetration Play        November– December 2004

Premiere: 13Playwrights, Mint Theatre

Directed by Josh Hecht



Playwrights Center, Minneapolis        June 2011 – June 2014

Core Writer in Residence


13 Playwrights     2002-2013

Founding member of the Obie-recognized collective 13P


Cherry Lane Mentor Project     October 2010-May 2011


Sundance Institute, Wyoming          February 2010


Hedgebrook, Whidbey Island, Seattle             October 2010


“Two-Headed Challenge” 2006

Guthrie Theatre and The Playwrights’ Center Award and Commission



Planet Connectivity Theatre Fest  2013 + 2014

The New Black Fest        2013

Baltimore Center Stage: America Project   2013

The Gun Control Action Project               2013

Joe’s Pub          2012

With singer-songwriter Toshi Reagon and director Lear DeBessonet

Voices of Uganda             2007

The Two-Headed Challenge               2006



After Kony: Staging Hope   2013

Feature documentary detailing a theater project in Northern Uganda with refugees


No Passport    2013

Anthology Edited by Caridad Svich, Gun Control Action Project

Orangutans Don’t Kill


 Playscripts, Inc.   2004 - 2011

In Darfur

The Penetration Play



Villard: Division of Random House:   2008

Anthology Edited by Eve Ensler A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer


Seal Press:   2008

Anthology Edited by Courtney Martin and Courtney Sullivan Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists


Smith & Kraus: Anthologies     2005-2012

Best Stage Scenes

Best Monologues

Best Women’s Monologues

Best Women’s Monologues of the Millennium

Best Scenes for Teens



Panelist: 2011

Making Your Own Work: Drama Guild

Panelist: 2008

Arts and Activism Panel: Stella Adler Conservatory

Panelist: 2007

Brian Lehrer Live: CUNY TV, 4/25/2007


Profiled in:

Minnesota Playlist “Winter Comes to Town” by Marya Hornbacher 10/19/2011


Bomb Magazine, by Evangeline Morphos, Fall 2007


NPR, WNYC, Brian Lehrer with Nicholas Kristof 2007


BBC Radio, “In Darfur, in Central Park” by Matt Wells  7/10/2007


Minnesota Public Radio, “Times writers dramatize Darfur revelations” by Marianne Combs, 7/20/2006


Reporter, Variety   2008

Covered independent film for daily trade paper


Freelance Reporter, The New York Times     2004-2008

More than 30 articles in the Arts and Leisure, Metropolitan and Style Sections


Freelance Reporter     2004-2008

Published in The Boston Globe, The Brooklyn Rail, New York Magazine



“Sex Takes A Stage,” virtual roundtable moderated by Caridad Svich in The Dramatist, August, 2013


“10 Questions Winter Miller” in The Dramatist, November/December 2012


“Craig Lucas,” in The Brooklyn Rail May 2011


“At Knife’s Edge” in Contribute, May/June 2007


“Never Again, Again” in The Dramatist, March/April 2007


“Our Plays, Our Way” with 13P in The Dramatist, July/August 2006


IN DARFUR, published by Playscripts, Inc., 2010


Interview with Adam Symkowicz:


"All’s Well That Ends in Well Lisa Kron and Leigh Silverman"  in The Brooklyn Rail  4/10/2006


CONSPICUOUS, a one-act published by Playscripts, Inc. 2007


THE PENETRATION PLAY, published by Playscripts, Inc, 2005




“Festival of Short Plays Inspired by Trayvon Martin Case” by Felicia R. Lee in The New York Times 8/5/2013



“The Imminent Implosion of 13P” by Ben Gassman, The Brooklyn Rail, August 2012

“How Playwrights Collective 13P Has Changed the Theater Landscape” by Shoshana Greenberg, The Huffington Post, 7/26/2012

“A Curtain Call for a Grand Experiment” by Alexis Soloski, New York Times, 07/15/2012

“13P’s Endgame” by Helen Shaw, Time Out New York, 7/12/2012



“A Play About Darfur” by Nicholas Kristof, New York Times blog On the Ground 3/15/2010

“Conflicts and Interests” by Simi Horowitz, Backstage, 11/18/2009

“Troubling Stories” by Donna Larcen, Hartford Courant, 11/13/2008

“From Bearing Witness to Writing Drama” by Zachary Pincus-Roth Los Angeles Times 7/22/2007

“Drama Queen of Darfur” by J. Courtney Sullivan, New York Magazine, 7/16/2007

“A Season in Hell” by Alison Rohrs, Time Out New York, 4/19/2007

“In Darfur” by Nicholas Kristof, New York Times blog On the Ground 4/13/2007

“From the depths of Darfur’s despair, play will reach out at Guthrie” by Graydon Royce, The Star Tribune, 1/21/2007



"Sexual Tension Along the Jersey Shore" by Jason Zinoman, New York Times 11/29/2004