Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

Tom Coash

Playwriting, Dramatic Arts, Writing For Social Change

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, Ky 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, VA 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: 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 CT. State Artist Fellowship. His play CRY HAVOC recently had its European Premiere in London. His award-winning play VEILS was one of six Finalists 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, Dramaturg, Director, TV and Film Scripts

Areas of Scholarship

International/Intercultural Theater and Playwriting

Recent Publications

Veils, Original Works Publishing

Thin Air - New World Theatre, Concord NH

Khalass, Qu Literary Magazine

Ukimwi, Stonecoast Review

Stepping Into Fire, Brut Festival Anthology

Inside/Out, Qu Literary Magazine

Raghead, Best 10 Minute Plays of 2015

Intisar, The Best Women’s Stage Monologues of 2015


Coash has presented hundreds of reading of his own work and has taught workshops to students ranging from middle school students to professional playwrights. His work has been featured on NPR and in several national podcasts.



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

Awards and Recognition

Fellowship - Johnny Mercer Foundation/Goodspeed Musicals Writers Colony 2017

Connecticut Regional Initiative Grant

National Winter Playwrights Retreat - HBMG Foundation, Creede, CO

Bijou Theatre Playwriting Competition - Co-Winner - Bridgeport, CT

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

Elizabeth Osborn Award - Winner - American Theatre Critics Assoc.

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

InspiraTO Festival - Jury Choice Award, Toronto, Canada

Edgerton Foundation National New American Play Award - TCG