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Jaclyn Backhaus

Jaclyn Backhaus is a playwright, cofounder of Fresh Ground Pepper, and new member of The Kilroys. Her plays include Men On Boats (New York Times Critics’ Pick, Clubbed Thumb, Playwrights Horizons, published by Dramatists Play Service), India Pale Ale (Manhattan Theatre Club, recipient of the 2018 Horton Foote Prize for Promising New American Play), You Across From Me (co-written with three other writers for the Humana Festival), Folk Wandering (book writer and co-lyricist with 11 composers, Pipeline Theatre Company), and You On the Moors Now (Theater Reconstruction Ensemble), among others. She was the 2016 Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence at Clubbed Thumb and she is currently in residence at Lincoln Center. Backhaus holds a BFA in Drama from NYU Tisch, where she now teaches. She hails from Phoenix, Arizona, and currently resides in Ridgewood, Queens with her husband, director Andrew Scoville and their son Ernie.

(Updated Mar 2019)

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In Process: Jaclyn Backhaus

Playwright Jaclyn Backhaus chats with us about the shortcomings of mainstream storytelling, and how plays like ‘Men On Boats’ can change that narrative.

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On Collaborating

Adam Greenfield (Playwrights Associate Artistic Director) and Maria Striar (Clubbed Thumb Producing Artistic Director) discuss their mutual love for Jaclyn Backhaus, how they came to discover ‘Men On Boats,’ and the unique partnership between our theaters.