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Winter Miller

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Winter Miller's plays in development include: The Arrival (Sundance Institute, Playlabs, Hedgebrook and Voice&Vision's Envision), Paternity (Cherry Lane Mentor Project, mentored and directed by Craig Lucas), and the musical Amandine (Joe's Pub, Orchard Project, New York Theatre Workshop Monday@3, Electric Pear, Theatreworks). Published plays include: In Darfur, The Penetration Play and Conspicuous.

Ms. Miller is a founding member of the Obie-winning 13Playwrights, a Core Writer with the Playwrights Center and a New Georges Affiliated Artist. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and graduated cum laude from Smith College.

In Darfur premiered at The Public Theater, followed by a standing room only performance at their 1800-seat venue in Central Park, a first for a play by a woman. The play won the 2006 "Two-Headed Challenge" commission from the Guthrie and the Playwrights' Center. She traveled with her boss, New York Times Pulitzer-winning columnist Nicholas Kristof to the Chad/Sudan border to research on the ground. In Darfur has been produced in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Florida, Canada and staged nationally for benefit readings.

Ms. Miller was awarded fellowships from the Sundance Institute at Ucross, Hedgebrook and Voice&Vision. She is a Core Writer at The Playwrights Center 2011-2014. Commissions include: Joe's Pub, Keen Teens, Theatre Askew and Voices of Uganda. Theaters where her work has been produced or developed also include: The New Group, 13 Playwrights, TimeLine, The Donmar, Theater J, Rattlestick, Keen, Tricycle, New Georges, Geva, Horizon, Mosaic, Theatre Askew, Hourglass, Synapse and the 52nd Street Project. Her plays have been performed in London and Uganda and are published by Playscripts, Inc. The Penetration Play (produced by 13 Playwrights) is excerpted in Best Stage Scenes 2005 and Best Monologues 2005.

A playwriting instructor and mentor, Ms. Miller has led workshops with Primary Stages ESPA, Sundance, Stella Adler, Theatre Askew and Beacon High School and with youth in Northern Uganda and Palestine. She writes politically engaging plays with and for marginalized youth to perform, such as Home/Away, The F on My Chest (Theatre Askew) and Conspicuous (Keen Company). In 2007, Voices of Uganda brought Winter to northern Uganda to write short plays for a group of youth living in a refugee camp whose lives had been devastated by the Lord's Resistance Army and AIDS. Ruby Dee, Allison Janney and Liv Ullman have performed her monologue about a Ugandan grandmother, Lifelines. The Ugandan youth group formed a theater troupe and with NGO assistance performs the plays in Luo for refugee communities. The experience is documented in a forthcoming feature film, Staging Hope: Rebel Acts in Northern Uganda.

Ms. Miller's monologue Mother to Son, is published in Eve Ensler's anthology A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer and in the anthology Best Women's Monologues of The Millennium. Mother… toured cities with the photo exhibit, Darfur/Darfur and the documentary The Devil Came on Horseback.

She has written for publications including The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Boston Globe and been featured or interviewed in New York Magazine, Bomb, The New Yorker, NPR, MPR and elsewhere.

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