TORI KEENAN-ZELT is a New York-based, award-winning playwright who also writes for the screen. Originally from Pittsburgh, she has written her way out of an Evangelical childhood and two young marriages. Her plays are American horror stories that masquerade as comedies and illuminate the dark corners of women’s lives that are rarely discussed. They include How the Baby Died (Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Ingram New Works Lab, Cleveland Public Theatre--upcoming); Seph (The Araca Project, Princess Grace Award Finalist, Fresh Ground Pepper PlayGround PlayGroup); Air Space (The Kilroys’ The List, The Ingram New Works Lab); Truth/Dare (Project Y, New York Innovative Theatre Award Nominee for Best Original Script, Best Ensemble Pittsburgh Fringe, Best Live Performance—The Nashville Scene); The Egypt Play (The Playwrights Center); and Episode #121: Catfight! (Yale Cabaret), and others.
Tori holds a BA from Harvard and an MFA from NYU Tisch. She has written for The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Electronic Field Trip series (PBS), for which she received an Emmy nomination, and her award-winning one-act play How to Be a Widow recently aired on NPR’s Playing on Air program. Currently, she is commissioned by San Francisco Playhouse (The JonBenét Game) and is developing a new play in residence with New Georges and The Lark (Invasive Species).