Bio & Resume


Penny Jackson is a playwright, novelist and short story writer who lives in New York City.  Selected plays include THE BATTLES OF RICHMOND HILL, I KNOW WHAT BOYS WANT, SAFE, and LOUISE IN CHARLESTOWN. Her play, I KNOW WHAT BOYS WANT, was the theater review site Theater Is Easy’s Best Bet for Off Broadway Theater. I KNOW WHAT BOYS WANT was also chosen as one of the best plays in an Off Broadway production theater by NYTHEATER.COM and was the best selling play in 2014 for Indie Theater Now.


SAFE, which won best new play at the Planet Connections Theater Festivity in New York City and later produced at 59E59 and the Edinburgh Fringe at the Space/North Bridge Theater.  This fall there was a new production of SAFE at The Theater at The 14th Street Y.  


BITTEN, a site-specific play for a pub, was the only American finalist for The Kenneth Branagh Award for Drama in The Windsor Fringe and was produced in Dublin in 2014.


Applause Theatre recently chose Jackson’s play BEFORE as one of the best American short plays in 2016. BEFORE won first prize in the gun control play competition sponsored by The University of Illinois-Urbana, and was featured in Necessary Exposure, an exhibit at Dixon Place Theater focusing on female playwrights.


Jackson’s novel, BECOMING THE BUTLERS, published by Bantam Books, was chosen as one of the best novels for young adults by The New York Public Library and was optioned for film by Warner Brothers.


Her short stories are published in literary magazines in The United States, England, Ireland and Scotland. Her short story collection, L.A. CHILD, published by Untreed Reads, features the title story that won a Pushcart Prize for best story in a literary magazine.


Awards include The Elizabeth Janeway Prize for writing from Barnard College, a Mirrelieis Fellowship for writing from Stanford University and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship.  She is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild, The League of Professional Theatre Women and The International Center of Women Playwrights.



Penny Brandt Jackson
Playwright, Screenwriter & Novelist
Resident Playwright: New York Madness Theater Company •

  Select Full-Length and Short Plays w/Productions  

The Battles of Richmond Hill (full-length)

   HERE Performing Arts Center, New York, April 26 - May 11, 2019

Phoenix (monologue))
   Emerging Artists Theater, New York, March 2018
   The Hudson Theaters, Los Angeles, March 2018


A Different Place (one act play)
   Kraine Theater, FRIGID Festival, New York, 2017

A Gift from the Memorial Shop (one-act)
   The Hudson Theatres, Los Angeles, 2017


The Glorious Gloria (one-act) 
   Schreiber Shorts 2016: Transitions, T. Schreiber Studios, New York, 2016

Bowery Street Blues (one act)
   Paradise Factory Theater, New York, 2016

Louise in Charlestown  (one act solo show) 
   The Hudson Theaters, Los Angeles, 2017 
   United Solo Festival, New York, 2015 

I Know What Boys Want (full-length)            
   Lion Theatre, Theatre Row, New York, 2015
   Workshop Theater, New York, 2013
   Scene presented at Theater for the New City Festival, New York, 2013

Safe (full-length)
   The Theater at the 14th Street Y, New York, 2016
   Space UK, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland, 2013
   59E59 Theaters, East to Edinburgh Festival, New York, 2013
   Bleecker Street Theater, New York, 2012 

Before (short play)                    
   Playwrights for a Cause, Atlantic Theater, New York, 2016
   Manhattan Theatre Works, New York, 2014

See Something, Say Something (short play)    
   Playwrights Roundtable, John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center, Orlando, 2013 


  Select Readings and Workshops  

The Beginning - The Un-Auguration, 29th Street Playwrights Collective, New York, 2018

Doormen - Teatro Latea, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, New York, 2017

Emerald Girl - Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, New York, 2015

And I Saw Her - Dixon Place, New York, 2016

All Alices - The Dramatists Guild, New York, 2014

Hotel Hera - Players Club, New York, 2013

Numerous short plays for NY MADNESS Theater, produced at Cherry Lane Theatre, Ensemble Studio   Theatre, and The Kraine Theater, New York, 2012 - Present

  Select Screenplays  

My Dinner with Schwartzey (Screenplay)
   Film adaptation of published short story, filmed March 2018 

Girl Talk (Screenplay)
   Optioned to HIT AND RUN Productions, Los Angeles

  Select Publications  

Becoming the Butlers (Novel)
   Published by Bantam Books
   Film rights optioned by American Zoetrope and Warner Brothers Studio

L.A. Child and other stories (Short Story Collection)
   Untreed Reads, December 2013

The Wedding Plan
   Published in Smith and Kraus’ 222 More Comedy Monologues

   Published in Applause Books anthology Later Chapters: The Best Monologues and Scenes for Actors Over Fifty

Going Up and See Something, Say Something 
   Published in Applause Books Contemporary Monologues for the New Theater

Safe, I Know What Boys Want, See Something, Say Something, Bitten, Louise in Charlestown
   All five plays published by


   Taught as part of Contemporary Theater Department Curriculum (SUNY Stony Brook)

I Know What Boys Want
   Published by Next Stage Press 
   Taught as part of Contemporary Theater Department Curriculum (University of Georgia, SUNY Stony Brook)

Big Girl 
   Published by Applause Books The Best Scenes for Kids Ages 7-15

Individual stories published in The Pushcart Prize Anthology: Best of the Small Presses, the Edinburgh Review, Real Fiction, the Ontario Review, Story Quarterly, Literary Mama, the Croton Review, and the Crescent Review

  Fellowships & Awards  

Best Dramedy: Manhattan Film festival April 2019
   My Dinner With Schwartzey

Kenneth Branagh Award for Drama, UK            
   Finalist for Bitten

Applause Theater Books 
   Best One Act Play 2016 for Before

   Best-Selling Play, 2014 & 2015 for Big Girl

Studio Theatre 33, Texas
   Winner - The 2017 Gary Garrison Award for A Different Place

Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, New York
   Winner - Outstanding Playwright of a New Script for Safe 
   Winner - Outstanding Playwright of a New Play in a Reading for Emerald Girl 
   Nominated for six awards including best play and production for Doormen

The University of Illinois-Urbana
   Winner - Gun Control Play Competition for Before

New York Public Library
   Awarded Best Book of the Year for Young Adults for Becoming the Butlers (Novel)

Stanford University, Palo Alto
   Mirielees Fellowship in Creative Writing


The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough NH
   Fellowship in Creative Writing

Barnard College, New York
   First Prize, One Act Play Contest
   Winner - Elizabeth Janeway Prize for Fiction 

The Pushcart Prize in Writing 

   Best Short Story for L.A. Child

Female Playwrights Project: NECESSARY EXPOSURE, Dixon Place, New York
   Featured Playwright

NY Madness, New York
   Resident Playwright, 2012 - Present


New York Women in Film and Television

The Dramatists Guild

The League of Professional Theater Women

The Authors Guild

The International Centre of Women Playwrights

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