Christopher Shinn

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Christopher Shinn is an American playwright.


Shinn was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1975 and lives in New York.


Shinn's play Now or Later premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in London from 3 September 2008 to 1 November 2008. In 2009, his adaptation of Hedda Gabler premiered on Broadway at the Roundabout (American Airlines Theatre).

Shinn's plays have been premiered by the Royal Court Theatre, Lincoln Center Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, the Vineyard Theatre, South Coast Repertory, and Soho Theatre, and later seen regionally in the United States and around the world. He has also written short plays for Naked Angels, the 24 Hour Plays, and the New York International Fringe Festival.

Shinn's plays are published in collections from Theatre Communications Group and Methuen, and in acting editions from Dramatists Play Service and Playscripts, Inc.

Shinn teaches playwriting at The New School for Drama.[1]

He also participated in the Bush Theatre's 2011 project Sixty Six Books where he wrote a piece based upon a book of the King James Bible.[2]


  • Four
  • Other People
  • What Didn't Happen
  • The Coming World
  • Where Do We Live
  • Dying City
  • On the Mountain
  • Now or Later
  • Picked
  • Teddy Ferrara


Shinn is the winner of an OBIE in Playwriting (2005) and a Guggenheim Fellowship in Playwriting (2005), was a Pulitzer Prize finalist (2008), was shortlisted for the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Play (2008), and has also been nominated for an Olivier Award for Most Promising Playwright (2003), a TMA Award for Best New Play (2006), a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play (2007), and a South Bank Show Award for Theatre (2008). He has received grants from the NEA/TCG Residency Program and the Peter S. Reed Foundation, and he is a recipient of the Robert Chesley Award for Lesbian and Gay Playwriting.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Shinn is openly gay.[4] In 2012, Shinn was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, and had part of his left leg amputated.[4]


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