Karen Cecilia


Karen Cecilia (Playwright, Screenwriter) is based in Brooklyn. Her work has been seen in NYC at 3LD, La Mama, HERE Arts Center, Dixon Place, Theater For The New City, and The Firehouse Theatre, Richmond, VA. Her plays have had workshops at The Actors Studio (Member of the Playwright/Directors Workshop), The Cry Havoc Theatre Company and IVP Productions. She has received Top Finalist Honors for the 2019 Ivoryton Women Playwright’s Initiative for Ivy Walls and Mea Culpa received Semi-Finalist award from The Orlando Shakespeare Theater in 2019. She was the winner of the Walter Prichard Eaton Prize for Playwriting Excellence from Hunter College in 2014. She was a co-screenwriter on a movie produced by The Women’s Weekend Film Challenge. Karen is a frequent guest on City World Radio speaking about theatre and playwriting. MFA Playwriting at The Actors Studio Drama School and member of the Dramatists Guild of America.



As a writer, I feel it is a privilege to tell the stories of people's lives and show their deepest struggles as well as their greatest triumphs. I strive to engage the audience with my writing, provoke thought about the world around us, and create a new narrative through characters with agency who do not fall into the standard conventions of the past.









A full list of Karen’s plays is available on her website: www.karencecilia.com


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After two weeks on strike, Gladys, a cashier at a local Brooklyn food store, wonders about the bigger picture.

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Honey, an early 20's "tom-boy" woman, struggles with mixed messages of gender norms and sexual identity.

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Blue, a woman in her early 40's, is riddled with self-doubt because she doesn't fit into beauty norms.

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Peggy, a young Asian-American, searches for the meaning of her identity while on strike with other women.