Bathsheba Doran

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Bathsheba Doran is a playwright living in New York City.


Doran, nicknamed "Bash", grew up in London and studied at Cambridge University. She was a contemporary of Robert Webb and David Mitchell and her first job as a professional writer was comedy sketch writing for their BBC2 show Bruiser.[1] She then worked for several years as a comedy writer, writing for shows like Smack the Pony and TV to Go. In 2000, she moved to the United States on a Fulbright Scholarship.[2] She received her Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University in 2003,[3] and went on to become a playwriting fellow at Juilliard School.[4]

Doran's work has been developed by the O'Neill Playwriting Center, Lincoln Center, Manhattan Theatre Club and Sundance Theatre Lab, among others. She helped Lear deBessonet with her play transFigures,[5] and has been commissioned by the Atlantic Theater Company and Playwrights Horizons.[6]

Doran says she fell in love with theatre when she found Peter Pan's shadow in the backstage at a theatre when she was a little girl and realised that it was made of pantyhose.[7]

Her mother is the Elizabethan historian, Susan Doran.

Doran's play, Kin, described as "exquisitely wrought" by the New York Times,[8] premiered at off-Broadway's Playwrights Horizons from 25 February – 3 April 2011, under the direction of Sam Gold.[9]

Her play The Mystery of Love and Sex, directed by Sam Gold, opened at Lincoln Center in New York on 2 March 2015,[10] was described as "perfectly wonderful" by the New York Times. The play was subsequently produced at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles[11] and the Signature Theater, Arlington VA,[12] among other national and international venues.

She was nominated for a 2012 Writers Guild Award for her work on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.[13] She also wrote episodes for season 2 of the NBC show Smash. She was a writer and co-producer of season 2 of the Showtime show Masters of Sex. She is co-executive producing and writing Hulu's upcoming adaptation of The Looming Tower.[14]

She lives with her wife and two children in New York City.


  • 2013 winner of first annual Berwin Lee Playwright Awards[15]
  • 2009 recipient of the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award[16]
  • Cherry Lane Mentor Project fellow
  • 2005–06 Susan Smith Blackburn Awards finalist
  • Liberace Playwriting Fellowship[17]
  • Howard Stein Scholarship
  • Three Lecomte de Nouy playwriting awards.[18]




  1. ^ "Bathsheba Doran". IMDb. Retrieved 21 September 2013.
  2. ^ Sincere, Rick (21 March 2006). "Signature Theatre Announces 2006–2007 Season". Rick Sincere News and Thoughts. 
  3. ^ "Bathsheba Doran". Columbia University. '03 SOA 
  4. ^ "Alumni News: May 2011". Archived from the original on 13 June 2011. Bathsheba Doran (Playwrights '05) 
  5. ^ Soloski, Alexis (17 April 2007). "Sick With God". The Village Voice. 
  6. ^ "Staff". Playwrights Horizons. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  7. ^ Szymkowicz, Adam (20 September 2009). "I Interview Playwrights Part 57: Bathsheba Doran". Adam Szymkowicz. 
  8. ^ Isherwood, Charles (21 March 2011). "No Connection Is Too Far, or Unlikely". The New York Times. 
  9. ^ "Kin". Playwrights Horizons. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "Lincoln Center Theater Adds Bathsheba Doran's THE MYSTERY OF LOVE AND SEX and Nick Jones' VERITE to 2014–15 Season". 
  11. ^ "The Mystery of Love & Sex". Center Theatre Group. Retrieved 2016-10-22. 
  12. ^ "The Mystery of Love & Sex — Signature Theatre". Signature Theatre. Retrieved 2016-10-22. 
  13. ^ "Writers Guild Awards: 2012 Nominations". Writers Guild of America. Archived from the original on 25 May 2012. 
  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2016-09-14). "Hulu Nears Series Order For 9/11 Drama 'The Looming Tower' From Dan Futterman, Alex Gibney & Legendary TV". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-10-22. 
  15. ^ Purcell, Carey (26 April 2013). "Bathsheba Doran and Lucy Kirkwood Are Winners of First Annual Berwin Lee Playwright Awards". Archived from the original on 28 April 2013. 
  16. ^ "Eight Playwrights Win Helen Merrill Award". The New York Community Trust. 18 September 2009.
  17. ^ Sterling, Kristin (30 November 2011). "Graduate Student of Theatre Arts Becomes Columbia's First Liberace Scholar" (PDF). Columbia University Record. 27 (7): 11. 
  18. ^ "Bathsheba Doran". Dramatic Publishing. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 

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