Deborah Yarchun is a New York City playwright from Austin, Texas.
Her honors include two Jerome Fellowships, an EST/Sloan Commission, The Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award for The Man in the Sukkah, the Kernodle New Play Award for Tectonic Mélange, the Richard Maibaum Playwriting Award, and the Iowa Art Fellowship.
Deborah's plays have been developed at places including Ensemble Studio Theatre, The New Harmony Project, Jewish Plays Project, The Great Plains Theatre Conference, Jewish Ensemble Theatre, TheatreSquared, and Williams Street Rep, where her new play, Bombers Moon will be produced next summer in July and August 2018.
She is a 2017-2018 Dramatists Guild Fellow and the Fall 2017 Playwright-in-Residence at the William Inge Center for the Arts.
Deborah earned her Bachelor’s degree in screenwriting and playwriting at Drexel University and her MFA in playwriting at the University of Iowa.
Deborah shares with Marc about spinning stories wildly out of various starting points and ideas, her writing process and attraction to intimate dramas, how aspiring writers can improve their craft, and her newest plays developed at the William Inge Center for the Arts and as a Dramatists Guild Fellow.
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spot lightning round with Deborah Yarchun:
- What’s a play that you recommend to be seen or read at least once? – “One Flea Spare by Naomi Wallace”
- What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – “If you're ever feeling low while writing, crawl under the door, get into another room, and write from there”
- If you could sing one song on The Voice, what would it be? – “Into the Great Wide Open by Tom Petty”
- If you had a superpower, what would it be? – “Teleportation”
- What’s your favorite word? – “Onomatopoeia”
people and resources mentioned:
- Dramatists Guild Fellowship – Deborah is a recipient for 2017-2018 and will work with mentors, Diana Son and Sheri Wilner.
- Texas Educational Theatre Association – One of Deborah's first plays was produced at her high school through this organization.
- Dan Dietz – His play, tempOdyssey made a great impression on Deborah. She thought the theatre might explode near the end of the play.
- Young Playwrights Inc. – Founded by Stephen Sondheim, the organization is devoted to writers aged 18 and younger. Awarded two of Deborah's early plays (FreezeFrame and Human Adhesive).
- Backwards and Forwards – Book by David Ball that Deborah recommends to her playwriting students to better understand play structure.
- Sherry Kramer – Influential playwright and guest instructor while Deborah was at the University of Iowa.
- DJY Design – Deborah's site for website design.
getting in touch with deborah:
Connect with Deborah at deborahyarchun.com
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