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Joyce Van Dyke
Joyce Van Dyke’s plays put women center stage. She writes about women, non-belongers, scientists, outsiders and refugees in dramas of struggle and discovery. Her current work in progress responds to the climate crisis, as does her earlier play THE OIL THIEF, recently included in the climate collection, 100 Plays to Save the World (2021). Produced by Boston Playwrights’ Theatre and directed by Judy Braha, THE OIL THIEF was originally commissioned by the Ensemble Studio Theatre / Sloan Project and won Boston’s Eliot Norton Award for Outstanding New Script. REPRESENTATION AND HOW TO GET IT, the solo show inspired by Julia Ward Howe, featuring Elaine Vaan Hogue, directed by Judy Braha, and developed collaboratively by Joyce, Elaine and Judy, is currently touring New England, with performances in historic venues. Joyce’s other upcoming productions include THE WOMEN WHO MAPPED THE STARS which introduces five extraordinary women who helped shape the field of astrophysics (Theatre Conspiracy, Fort Myers, 2024 – this performance will take place at a planetarium). Originally commissioned by Central Square Theater, THE WOMEN WHO MAPPED THE STARS had its world premiere there in 2018. An adapted version has been touring schools in Maine for the past two years. Other plays include DAYBREAK (Off-Broadway world premiere production, Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, 2018); and A GIRL’S WAR (produced by Golden Thread Productions, New Repertory Theatre, and Boston Playwrights’ Theatre) which won the Gassner Award, the Boston Globe’s “Top Ten” plays of 2001, and was anthologized in Contemporary Armenian American Drama. A MacDowell Fellow and a Huntington Playwriting Fellow, Joyce teaches Shakespeare and playwriting at Harvard Extension School.

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