About Kari

Photo by Agnes Fohn of Yellow Brick Collective

Kari Bentley-Quinn is a playwright based in New York City, originally from the little coast town of Stratford, CT. Her plays have been presented at or developed with Lark Play Development Center, Lesser America, Astoria Performing Arts Center, The Brick Theater, The Secret Theatre, Artemisia Theater, The One Minute Play Festival, Caps Lock Theater, Packawallop Productions, FringeNYC, Team Awesome Robot, and more. Her work has been performed in New York, Chicago, and Dallas.

Kari’s full length plays include Paper Cranes (Backstage Critic's Pick), The Unlikely Ascent of Sybil Stevens (The Secret Theatre New Voices Project), The Ocean Thought Nothing (2014 O’Neill NPC Finalist), Prepared (Kilroys List Honorable Mention), The Worst Mother in the World  (2017 Bay Area Playwrights Festival Finalist), and Wendy and the Neckbeards (The Relentless Award Honorable Mention)

Kari is a founding member of Mission to (dit)Mars, a theater and arts collective based in Astoria, Queens, as well as a member of the Dramatists Guild. Kari has been a finalist for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, The Playwrights Realm, the Public Theater Emerging Writers Group, the Leah Ryan FEWW Prize, and a nominee for the Doric Wilson Playwriting Award. Kari has an MFA in Playwriting from Hunter College, where she studied with Tina Howe, Arthur Kopit, and Mark Bly. At Hunter, she was a recipient of the Rita and Burton Goldberg Playwriting Award.


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Published Plays: Paper CranesThe Permanent Night, and  The Unlikely Ascent of Sybil Stevens

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