Gina Gionfriddo ’87
Playwright & Television Writer
Gina, an award-winning playwright and accomplished television writer, has had her work performed in theatres all over the world, been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, and written for several of the most critically acclaimed shows on television.
Gina’s writing first commanded attention in 2002, when she received the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, one of playwriting’s highest honors, for U.S.Drag. Her next play, After Ashley, garnered glowing reviews and a 2005 Obie Award for leading man Kieran Culkin. She followed up with Becky Shaw, which premiered off-Broadway in 2008, and was a finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. She was again honored by the Pulitzer Prize committee with a 2013 nomination for her next play Rapture, Blister, Burn, which premiered off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons, and was called “intensely smart, immensely funny” by The New York Times. In addition to this remarkable body of stage work, Gina has worked as a writer and producer for Law & Order and Law & Order: Criminal Intent, as well as writing for Cold Case, Borgiai, and House of Cards.
While at GDS, Gina acted in plays under the direction of performing arts chair Laura Rosberg, and it left a lasting impression that so many of the plays Laura chose for the students to perform were more modern works.
“I gained a sense of playwriting as a living art that living people practiced... I knew this penchant for new plays was something that made my theatre work at GDS different and special.”