Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

Tom Coash

Playwriting, Dramatic Arts
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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


A playwright, director, and dramaturg, Coash co-founded the Offstage Theatre in Charlottesville, VA and has worked for such theaters as the Manhattan Theatre Club, Stageworks/Hudson, and Actors Theatre of Louisville. He has won numerous playwriting awards including the American Theatre Critics Association's 2015 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: Portland Stage, Barrington Stage, the InterAct Theatre, Abingdon Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Bailiwick Theatre, West Coast Ensemble, and many more. Coash was the recipient of a Connecticut State Artist Fellowship. His play CRY HAVOC was recently produced in the South African National Arts Festival where he was an artist-in-residence. His new award-winning play VEILS was one of six Finalists for the American Theatre Critics Association's ATCA/Steinberg Best New American Play Award. Coash has an MFA in Playwriting from the University of California at Davis. He lives in New Haven.

Areas of Expertise

I am primarily a playwright, but also like to write screenplays and am currently working on a TV pilot.

Recent Publications

INSIDE/OUT - Qu Literary Magazine, Queens Univ. of Charlotte


"From Blank Page To Stage"

Tom Coash

A Playwriting Workshop focusing on how to begin writing a play. Everybody has stories they want to tell but when confronted with the blank page have no idea where to start. This workshop will incorporate writing exercises, discussion of some of the elements of a good play (such as dialogue, character, motive, setting), and strategies with the aim of making those first few lines easier to write. Whether you’ve yet to write your first play or have several under your belt, the workshop is aimed at anybody who’s ever stared at that blank page and wanted to fill it.

Required Reading:

Please read two modern plays (plays written after 1950). Suggested playwrights include: Sarah Ruhl, Carol Churchill, Marsha Norman, Tony Kushner, Rajiv Joseph, Susan-Lori Parks, Lorraine Hansberry, Tracy Letts, Martin McDonagh, Paula Vogel, Annie Baker, David Mamet, Bruce Norris, Sam Shepard, David Hare, Arthur Miller, etc.

These are all great but really any playwright or play that perks your interest. I just want you to see the formats and start thinking of how words on the stage can be different than words on the page.

Creative Activity

2017 - Co-Producer/Director - The "Still Crazy After All These Years New Play Festival", New Haven, CT. A festival for and about Seniors.

2017 - Visiting Artist - Pacific University 2016 - Director - UKIMWI , Bijou Theatre, Bridgeport, CT

2016 - Founder/Co-Producer - the "Famous For 15 Minutes New Play Festival", Hamilton, Bermuda


VEILS - Women & War Festival, So & So Arts Club, London

VEILS - Pear Theatre, Mountain View, CA

VEILS - Barrington Stage, Pittsfield, MA

VEILS - Asylum Theatre, Las Vegas, NV VEILS - Pacific University

VEILS - Portland Stage, Portland, Maine

THIN AIR - Barrington Stage, 10 x 10 Festival, Pittsfield, MA

THIN AIR - Encompass Productions, "Best of Bare Essentials", London, UK

KAMASUTRA - Short & Sweet Festival, Sydney, Australia

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

KAMASUTRA - Irlam Festival, United Kingdom

RAGHEAD - Black Box Theatre, Sydney, Australia

RAGHEAD - Itch & Scratch, London, UK

RAGHEAD - Museum of Dysfunction Festival, Mildred's Umbrella, Houston

RAGHEAD - Boston Theater Marathon, Boston Playwrights Theatre

RAGHEAD - Short & Sweet Festival, Sydney, Australia

RAGHEAD - Short & Sweet Festival, Dubai, UAE

RAGHEAD - Short & Sweet Festival, Manila, Philippines

RAGHEAD - Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix, AZ

CRY HAVOC - South African National Arts Festival