Desireé York is a Los Angeles based playwright and director whose plays include: The Puppeteer, One Second Chance, Undone, Fractured, Floating, Break Time, Human(e) and Hiding Out Loud among others. She is a recipient of the 2015 Kennedy Center Rosa Parks Playwriting Award, 2019 PlayGround-LA People's Choice Award for Floating and recognized by Dayton Most Metro as the Best New Work of 2017-2018 Season for The Puppeteer. Her plays have been produced/developed at the Detroit Repertory Theatre, The Garry Marshall Theatre, Rogue Machine Theatre, Dayton Playhouse, PlayGround-LA, The Wayward Artist, The Athena Cats, Theatricum Botanicum and Ophelia’s Jump Productions.
Additionally, her plays have been finalists for the Ashland New Plays Festival, Futurefest New Play Festival, Henley Rose Playwright Competition, Inkslinger Playwriting Competition and semi-finalists for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, CTG Humanitas Playwriting Prize, Theatricum Botanicum Seedlings, Forward Flux Production Three New American Plays and Trustus Playwrights Festival.
Commissioned works include the one woman show Fractured and a dance collaborative called Next of Kin for The Wayward Artist. She is also a member of the PlayGround-LA Writers Pool, LAFPI, Dramatists Guild, Playwrights' Center and a mentor for WriteGirl.
A Director as well, Desireé received a National Directing Fellowship awarded by the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Directing credits include: Dayton Playhouse, LA Broads Female Playwrights Festival, Exposition Review Festival of Short Plays, Athena Cats New Works Festival, Assistant Director at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and Assistant Director at South Coast Repertory. Currently directing In the Valley of the Shadow by Katherine Cortez.
Desireé obtained her B.A. in Theatre Arts with a minor in Women's Studies with the a focus of using art for social justice.
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