Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

Tom Coash


Office Location

Stonecoast MFA Office - 98 Bedford Street, Portland, ME 04012



Academic Degrees

  • MFA in Dramatic Arts, University of California at Davis
  • BA, California State University Bakersfield


Tom Coash is a Louisville, Kentucky playwright, director, and professor. Prior to Louisville, he spent three years in Bermuda and four years teaching playwriting at The American University in Cairo, Egypt. Coash was a Co-founder of the Offstage Theatre in Charlottesville, Virginia and has worked for such theaters as the Manhattan Theatre Club, Stageworks/Hudson, and Actors Theatre of Louisville.

Coash has won numerous playwriting awards including the American Theatre Critics Association's "M. Elizabeth Osborn Award", the Clauder Competition for New England Playwrights, an Edgerton Foundation National New Play Award, the Hammerstein Award, The Kennedy Center’s Lorraine Hansberry Award, a Jerome Playwriting Fellowship, among others. His plays have been produced around the world including such theaters as the South African National Arts Festival Portland Stage, Barrington Stage, the InterAct Theatre, Abingdon Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Park Theatre (London), Bailiwick Theatre, West Coast Ensemble, Boston Theater Marathon, and many more.

Coash was the recipient of a CT. State Artist Fellowship. His play CRY HAVOC recently had its European Premiere in London. His award-winning play VEILS was a Finalist for the American Theatre Critics Association's ATCA/Steinberg Best New American Play Award and was recently published by Original Works Publishing. Coash has an MFA in Playwriting from the University of California at Davis.

Areas of Expertise

Playwright, Director, Producer, Dramaturg, TV & Film

Areas of Scholarship

International/Intercultural Theater and Playwriting


Coash has presented numerous of readings of his own work and has taught workshops around the world to students ranging from middle school students to professional playwrights. His work has been featured on NPR and in international podcasts. Most recently, he has presented scriptwriting workshops at the San Miguel de Allende Writer's Conference (Mexico).

Creative Activity


Co-Producer/Director - The "Still Crazy After All These Years New Play Festival", New Haven, CT. A festival for and about Seniors.

Founder/Co-Producer - the "Famous For 15 Minutes New Play Festival", Hamilton, Bermuda

Awards and Recognition

Elizabeth Osborn Award - Winner - American Theatre Critics Assoc.

Steinberg/ATCA Award - Finalist - American Theatre Critics Assoc.

Edgerton Foundation National New American Play Award - TCG

Elected Board Member of the Seven Devils New Play Foundry

Fellowship - Johnny Mercer Foundation/Goodspeed Musicals Writers Colony 

Connecticut State Artist Fellowship

Bijou Theatre Playwriting Competition - Winner - Bridgeport, CT

Diez Minutos Festival - Winner - San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

InspiraTO Festival - Jury Choice Award, Toronto, Canada

National Winter Playwrights Retreat Fellowship - HBMG Foundation, Creede, CO