Photo Credit: Joshua York Photography
Desireé York is a Chicago based playwright and director whose work confronts difficult truths in the intimate intersections of everyday life. Her 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 54th John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award from the New England Theatre Conference, the 2015 Kennedy Center Rosa Parks Playwriting Award and recognized by Dayton Most Metro as the Best New Work of 2017-2018 Season for The Puppeteer.
Her plays have been produced/developed/published by the Detroit Repertory Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse/Cal Tech Mach 33, The Garry Marshall Theatre, Breath of Fire Latina Theatre Ensemble, Dayton Playhouse, PlayGround-LA, The Wayward Artist, Applause Books, 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 LAFPI, Honor Roll!, Dramatists Guild and served as a mentor for WriteGirl.
Desireé's poetry has been performed/produced by Sacred Fools Theatre Company, Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble and The Wayward Artist.
A Director as well, Desireé received a National Directing Fellowship awarded by the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Directing credits include: The Blank Theatre, Dayton Playhouse, California State University Fullerton, LA Broads Female Playwrights Festival, Exposition Review and Athena Cats New Works Festival.
Desireé obtained her B.A. in Theatre Arts with a minor in Women's Studies with the purpose of using art for social justice.