“[Barbara Kahn’s] plays are great, expansive narratives revealing people and places many may not be familiar with. Aiming for our heads and our hearts she tweaks our intellect and kindles our emotions.” – New York Theater Wire, Feb. 17, 2012, Paulanne Simmons

Barbara Kahn is a New York-based playwright and director. She is committed to finding and writing about people and events that have been omitted or distorted in popular culture. Barbara draws her inspiration from her family; her father was a refugee escaping war and oppression, her mother stressed that doing her best would always be good enough, and her sister who is an activist in the global struggle for human rights.

With a passion for justice and for quality, Barbara has written more than two dozen full-length plays and directed their premiere productions at Theater for the New City. Kahn’s plays have also been produced in France and Germany. Among her many awards, she was honored with the Torch of Hope Award for lifetime achievement in non-profit theatre; named best playwright in the Fresh Fruit International Festival for her play PEN PALS (2005). Vincent Brook, author of You Should See Yourself: Jewish Identity in Postmodern American Culture, named Kahn on the short list of prominent post-1970’s playwrights who identify as Jewish and who have written about Jews.

She received the Robert Chesley Playwriting Award/Wurlitzer Foundation Residency, Taos, NM (2011); and LMCC’s Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by LMCC (2015). Kahn is a member of The Dramatists Guild, Actors Equity Association, and Screen Actors Guild.


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