Sarah Ruhl

Lecturer in Playwriting, Lecturer in Theater Studies Yale College


Sarah Ruhl’s plays include The Oldest Boy, Dear Elizabeth, Stage Kiss, In the Next Room, or the vibrator play (Pulitzer Prize finalist, 2010); The Clean House (Pulitzer Prize finalist, 2005; Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, 2004); Passion Play (Pen American Award, Fourth Freedom Forum Playwriting Award from the Kennedy Center); Dead Man's Cell Phone (Helen Hayes Award for Best New Play); Melancholy Play; Demeter in the City (nine NAACP Image Award nominations); Eurydice; Orlando; and Late: a cowboy song. Her plays have premiered at Lincoln Center Theater, Yale Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Playwrights’ Horizons and the Goodman Theater, and have been produced across the country. Her plays have also been produced internationally and translated into fourteen languages. Originally from Chicago, Ms. Ruhl received her MFA from Brown University, where she studied with Paula Vogel. In 2003, she was the recipient of the Helen Merrill Emerging Playwrights Award and the Whiting Writers' Award. She was a member of 13P and New Dramatists and won the MacArthur Fellowship in 2006. She is also the recipient of the PEN Center Award for mid-career playwrights and a Lily award. She teaches at Yale School of Drama and lives in Brooklyn with her family. For more information, see