Aurin Squire

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Aurin Squire is an African-American playwright, screenwriter, and reporter.[1] He has written numerous plays,[2] while his reporting has appeared in The New Republic, Talking Points Memo, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, and ESPN, among other outlets.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Born and raised in Opa-locka, Florida, Squire graduated from The Juilliard School, New School University, and Northwestern University, where he majored in radio/TV/film and worked as a professional journalist for the Chicago Tribune and the Miami Herald. In his senior year, Shadows in the Light, an epic play about Cuban immigrants in Miami, was produced by the ETA Theatre in Chicago. At Juilliard he was in the school's playwriting fellowship while working for The New Republic and Talking Points Memo as a journalist.


Many of Squire's plays revolve around multiracial societies in transition or America's changing cultural make-up. His work reflects the Latino, African, Caribbean, African-American, and Jewish cultures he grew up around in South Florida.

Squire was a part of the Lincoln Center Lab and his comedy "The Great Black Sambo Machine" was presented there and at Ars Nova the following year.

In 2007, Squire spent a year in Albuquerque, New Mexico, working with artists Leigh Fondakowski and Krista DeNio on a docudrama about Converso and Crypto-Jewish families who fled the Spanish Inquisition and settled in Arizona and New Mexico. Squire was commissioned to interview surviving Crypto- and Converso-Jewish residents, research, and collaborate to create what became A Light In My Soul/Una Luz En Mi Alma. The epic docudrama was performed by Working Classroom Theatre the following year at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, and received additional performances around New Mexico.

Squire's off-Broadway plays, such as Matthew Takes Mannahatta and To Whom It May Concern, have been produced around New York and the United States. His plays have also been produced at off-Broadway and regional venues including Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Ars Nova, Vital Theatre, ArcLight Theatre, Cherry Lane, and Barrington Stage Company.

His play "Obama-ology" was developed at The Juilliard School [1] in 2014 New Play Festival, before opening to critical acclaim in London's West-End at the Finborough Theatre [2], and then the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) [3].

"Freefalling" premiered at Barrington Stage [4] before receiving a second run at InspiraTO Theatre in Toronto.

Squire graduated from The Juilliard School in May 2015.

His play, Fire Season, world premiered at the Seattle Public Theater in January 2019.[4]

Squire was a co-writer for "Confessions of a Cocaine Cowboy", a world-premiere documentary theatre piece based on Billy Corben's Cocaine Cowboys documentaries. The play was commissioned by Miami New Drama,[5] an award-winning South Florida theater company,[6] and ran at the Colony Theatre from March 7 - April 7 of 2019.[7]

Squire was the book writer for "A Wonderful World", a world-premiere musical based on the life of Louis Armstrong, and told from the perspective of the musician's four wives.[8] It was part of Miami New Drama's 2019–2020 season at the Colony Theatre, but as of July 2020, the musical was postponed.[9] It has since reopened with a run from December 4, 2021 through January 16, 2022.[10]

Multimedia Projects[edit]

In recent years Squire's work has expanded into other media, including online video. He has written and produced a viral video series for the gay social and dating app Mister. The series includes "Evil Twink" and "Boyfriend Shopping," satirizing the unrealistic and juvenile expectations of the gay dating scene.

The following year Squire was hired by installation art company Local Project and wrote the script Dreams of Freedom for the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. Dreams is an interactive multimedia piece based on interviews of Jewish immigrants coming to America.

In October 2012, Squire ran the Vote It Forward Festival, promoting a competition that awarded $500–$1000 in prizes to the best voting-related videos.

He has also ghostwritten novels and memoirs and been published in online cultural journals such as Racialicious.


Aurin Squire was a staff writer on the CBS political satire BrainDead that premiered over the summer of 2016. He was a story editor and writer on the first season of the hit NBC drama This Is Us, and is a Co Executive Producer on the CBS dramas The Good Fight and Evil (TV series).[11]

He is currently writing a feature film based on the life of Reginald Dwayne Betts for Amazon, Ridley Scott's Scott Free, and Epic.[11]

Prior to TV writing, he was hired to ghostwrite and adapt novels into screenplays for New York indie film companies like Moxie Pictures.


Many of Squire's plays have received enthusiastic reviews and revivals, among them To Whom it May Concern, which ran off-Broadway in 2009, Match Me, produced by the New York International Fringe Festival in 2005.[12] His writing has been called "a true gem that deserves to be set apart from the rest" by The Drama Review, "brilliant" and "thoroughly entertaining" by Show Business Weekly, and "engaging and provocative" by critic Martin Denton.[13][14]

His dark comedy To Whom It May Concern premiered at the Abingdon Theatre and won the Fresh Fruit Festival awards for best play and best playwright.[15] To Whom It May Concern was also produced off-Broadway in 2009 at the Arclight Theatre with a cast including: Israel Gutierrez, Matthew Alford, Nicholas Reilly, and Carmelo Ferro.

In 2009, Squire wrote the book for the children's musical Matthew Takes Mannahatta, called "refreshingly clever" and a "cheerful tribute to our multiracial, multicultural America" by The New York Times.[16]

Squire has won several awards for his docudramas on Jewish issues, including Spanish Jewish families who fled the Inquisition and European Jewish immigrants who came to America. Dreams of Freedom won a Core 77 Design Award, NMAJ's Communication Award, and an AIGA Design Effectiveness Award.

In 2013, Freefalling won the Fiat Lux Play Award from the Catholic Church. Squire is also a recipient of the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwright Fellowship at The Juilliard School, and the two-time winner of the Le Comte du Nuoy Prize from Lincoln Center.

In 2014 his work garnered first prize at InspiraTO Theatre's International Play Festival in Toronto and Lincoln Center's Act One Prize.

In 2015 Squire was a Dramatists Guild of America playwriting fellow [5], an artist in residence at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange [6], and received a playwriting fellowship at National Black Theatre [7]. He's also in the US Writers' Residency at Royal Court Theatre in London.

His play "Obama-ology" received rave reviews when it premiered at Finborough Theatre in London, before being remounted at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2015. He returned to Finborough Theatre the following year with another sold-out hit with his dark comedy "Don't Smoke in Bed."

In 2016, Squire won the Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights. In 2017, he was nominated for a WGA Award and Black Reel TV award for his writing on THIS IS US. In theatre, he won the Emerald Prize "[8]" from Seattle Public Theatre for new works in American theatre.

In 2018, Squire's play "Running on Fire," was produced at Lee Street Theatre in North Carolina. "Defacing Michael Jackson" and "Don't Smoke in Bed" were produced in Chicago to critical acclaim. The following year, Squire's "Fire Season" world premiered at Seattle Public Theatre in 2019. Squire also co-wrote "Confessions of a Cocaine Cowboy" which world-premiered at Miami New Drama a few months later to sold-out crowds and became the highest grossing play in the theatre's history.

Published Plays[edit]

- Obama-ology (2015) [9]

- Don't Smoke in Bed (2017) [10]

- To Whom It May Concern (2018) [11]

- Defacing Michael Jackson (2019) [12]

- Defacing Michael jackson (short play) [13]

- Freefalling [14]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Freedom train productions". Archived from the original on 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2011-01-11.
  2. ^ Aurin Squire page at
  3. ^ "ESPN". 12 June 2007. Retrieved 2008-07-22.
  4. ^ "Fire Season by Aurin Squire".
  5. ^ Martin, Roger. "BWW Review: CONFESSIONS OF A COCAINE COWBOY at Miami New Drama". Retrieved 2020-07-27.
  6. ^ "ABOUT US". colonytheatre. Retrieved 2020-07-27.
  7. ^ "Confessions of a Cocaine Cowboy". colonytheatre. Retrieved 2020-07-27.
  8. ^ Walters, Seth (2020-02-03). "Watch a Preview of the New Louis Armstrong Musical A Wonderful World | TheaterMania". Retrieved 2020-07-27.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ "A Wonderful World". colonytheatre. Retrieved 2020-07-27.
  10. ^ "A Wonderful World - Miami New Drama". Retrieved 2021-12-23.
  11. ^ a b Galuppo, Mia (2 November 2021). "Amazon, Scott Free Team for Feature About Poet and Activist Reginald Dwayne Betts (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  12. ^ "Samuel French Competition". Archived from the original on 20 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-21.
  13. ^ "New York Theatre". Archived from the original on 2007-11-11. Retrieved 2008-07-21.
  14. ^ "Show Business Weekly". Archived from the original on 2009-09-24. Retrieved 2009-07-30.
  15. ^ "Fresh Fruit Festival". Archived from the original on 4 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-22.
  16. ^ Graeber, Laurel (2009-11-13). "Matthew Takes Mannahatta". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-03-11.