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Zayd Dohrn
Professor; Director, MFA in Writing for Screen and Stage

Annie May Swift Hall
1920 Campus Drive
Room 306
Evanston, IL 60208

Zayd Dohrn

Zayd Dohrn is a playwright, professor, and director of the MFA in Writing for Screen and Stage in the Department of Radio/Television/Film at Northwestern University. Dohrn’s plays include The Profane (Playwrights Horizons), Outside People (The Vineyard/Naked Angels), Want (Steppenwolf First Look), and Reborning (The Public / Summer Play Festival). He is the recipient of the Horton Foote New American Play Prize, the Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Award, the Sky Cooper American Playwriting Prize, and Theatre Master’s Visionary Playwrights Award, and is a two-time winner of Lincoln Center’s Lecomte du Nouy Prize. He is currently writing films for Netflix and FilmNation and developing a television series for eOne. Zayd attended Brown University, received his MFA from NYU, and was a Lila Acheson Wallace Fellow at Juilliard.


MFADramatic Writing, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU (Dean’s Fellowship)
Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwriting Fellowship, Juilliard
M.Phil.Comparative Literature, Columbia (Marjorie Hope Nicolson Fellowship)
MACreative Writing, Boston University
BALiterature/Political and Ethical Philosophy, Brown University

Awards and Honors

Horton Foote New American Play Prize, 2016

Clarence Simon Award for Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring, 2013

Theatre Masters Visionary Playwright Award, 2009

Lincoln Center Lecomte du Nouy Prize, 2008/2009

Sky Cooper American Playwriting Prize, 2008

Kennedy Center Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award, 2008