Kristoffer Diaz is a New Dramatists resident playwright and educator living and working in Brooklyn. His teaching interests include dramatic writing and contemporary US theater, with a special focus on new American plays. His play The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, and has gone on to more than twenty-five productions nationwide. Other full-length titles include Welcome to Arroyo’s, #therevolution, The Upstairs Concierge, and The Unfortunates. His work has been produced, commissioned, and developed at The Public Theater, Dallas Theater Center, Geffen Playhouse, Center Theatre Group, The Goodman, Second Stage, Victory Gardens, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, American Theater Company, The Atlantic, InterAct, Mixed Blood, The Orchard Project, Hip-Hop Theater Festival, The Lark, Summer Play Festival, Donmar Warehouse, and South Coast Repertory, among many others. Awards include the Guggenheim, Jerome, Van Lier, NYFA, and Gail Merrifield Papp Fellowships; New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award; Lucille Lortel, Equity Jeff, and OBIE Awards; and the Future Aesthetics Artist Regrant, among others. As a screenwriter, he has developed original television pilots for HBO and FX. Kristoffer holds a BA from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, an MFA from NYU’s Department of Dramatic Writing, and an MFA from Brooklyn College’s Performing Arts Management program. He teaches in both Gallatin and the Department of Dramatic Writing at the Tisch School of the Arts, and has been the artist-in-residence for Gallatin's Summer Theater Lab since 2012.
Teaching and Research Interests
playwriting, screenwriting, comedy, contemporary american theater, historical drama/comedy, contemporary Latina/o playwrights, contemporary playwrights of color, performing arts management
B.A. Individualized Study, New York University, 1999 M.F.A. Dramatic Writing, New York University, 2002 M.F.A. Performing Arts Management, Brooklyn College, 2009
Kristoffer Diaz wrote on the Netflix original seriesGLOW,which will debut in 2017.
Diaz served as the first Playwright-in-Residence at Temple University, where he was commissioned to write Reggie Hoops, an original full-length play for the MFA Acting Program.