Chisa Hutchinson

Chisa Hutchinson, Playwright

Photo by Seth Freeman

Representative Plays: 

Somebody’s Daughter (2018)
Dead & Breathing (2017)
Surely Goodness and Mercy (2017) 
Alondra Was Here (2013)
She Like Girls (2010)
The Subject (2008) 


Chisa Hutchinson (B.A. Vassar College; M.F.A NYU - Tisch School of the Arts) is a New York-based playwright and screenwriter. Most recently, her radio drama, Proof of Love, was presented by Audible and New York Theatre Workshop at the Minetta Lane Theater in NYC and can now be found on Audible's digital platform. Chisa’s happily presented her other plays, which include Dirt Rich, She Like Girls,This Is Not The Play, Sex On Sunday, Tunde’s Trumpet, The Subject, Somebody’s Daughter, Alondra Was Here, Surely Goodness And Mercy, From The Author Of, Amerikin and Dead & Breathing at such venues as the Lark Theater, SummerStage, Atlantic Theater Company, Mad Dog Theater Company, Rattlestick Theater, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the Contemporary American Theater Festival, the National Black Theatre, Writers’ Theatre of New Jersey, Delaware REP, Second Stage Theater and Arch 468 in London. She has been a Dramatists Guild Fellow, a Lark Fellow, a Resident at Second Stage Theater, a Humanitas Fellow, a New York NeoFuturist, and a staff writer for the Blue Man Group. Chisa has won a GLAAD Award, a Lilly Award, a New York Innovative Theatre Award, the Paul Green Award, a Helen Merrill Award, the Lanford Wilson Award, and has been a finalist for the highly coveted PoNY Fellowship. Currently, in addition to being a Fellow at Primary Stages and a proud but panicked seventh-year member of New Dramatists, Chisa is working on a bigger, blacker, better musical adaptation of Oliver Twist with Disney and muhfuggin' Ice Cube. To learn more, visit

Source: New Play Exchange 


Professional Website

NYU Contemporary Playwrights of Color Page

Resources found in the UC Berkeley Library Database:

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Dead and Breathing (Full Text) 

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