Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Theatre
Crystal Skillman


Crystal Skillman

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Guest Playwright in Residence (2019)

Crystal Skillman is an award-winning dramatist based in Brooklyn. Her plays include: Geek!, Cut, and King Kirby (NYTimes Critics Picks); as well as Rain and Zoe Save the World, awarded the 2018 Earth Matters on Stage Prize. Crystal is the musical theater book writer of Mary and Max the musical, based on the animated film, with Composer/Lyricist Bobby Cronin, which premiered this fall at Theatre Calgary directed by Stafford Arima. Other upcoming productions include her play Open, which will premiere in 2019 as a part of All for One and The Tank Theater’s upcoming season. Her musical Postcard American Town (Composer/Lyricist Lynne Shankel) was selected for the 2018 Rhinebeck Writers Retreat. Awards include the 2018 MUT Award (Critics’ Prize) for Mary and Max, Clifford Odets Ensemble Play Commission (Pulp Vérité), and the New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Play (The Vigil). Her TV writing credits includes the original pilot Paper Heroes, co-written with Fred Van Lente, named one of the top three pilots for 2017 Final Draft’s Big Break contest, one of the top fifty in the 2017 Launchpad Pilots competition, and a finalist for the 2018 Orchard Project Episodic Lab. You can read her new comic book Eat Fighter on Line Webtoon where new episodes premiere every Saturday. www.crystalskillman.com