Joyce Van Dyke

Part-Time Lecturer

Joyce Van Dyke’s recent plays include Daybreak, a dream play, inspired by the true stories of two women friends who survived the Armenian genocide, which is slated for a 2017 Los Angeles production, and a 2018 New York production by Pan Asian Repertory Theatre. Daybreak was first produced by Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (under the title Deported, a dream play) and by Tufts University, and has had staged readings internationally in New York, London, and Yerevan, where the Armenian Ministry of Culture funded the play’s translation into Armenian.

Her other plays include The Oil Thief (2009 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding New Script, originally commissioned by the Ensemble Studio Theatre / Sloan Project, produced by Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); and A Girl’s War, about a civil war in the Middle East (Gassner Award and Boston Globe’s “Top Ten” plays of the year, produced by Golden Thread Productions, New Repertory Theatre, and Boston Playwrights’ Theatre).

A MacDowell Colony Fellow and a Huntington Theatre Playwriting Fellow, Joyce has twice received playwriting grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and her plays have been anthologized in Contemporary Armenian American Drama (2004) and Laugh Lines: Short Comic Plays (2007). She attended Stanford University (BA), the University of Virginia (PhD), and Boston University (MA in playwriting), and now teaches playwriting and Shakespeare at Northeastern and Harvard where she received the Shattuck Teaching Prize.

Current projects include collaborating on a devised piece, I Am Lear, with Bobbie Steinbach and the Actors’ Shakespeare Project; and a commission from The Poets’ Theatre for a play about women astronomers at Harvard College Observatory in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, to be produced in 2017.

She teaches Playwriting in the Spring semester.


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