Her most recent production, Deported / a dream play, played to sold-out houses in 2012 at the Modern Theatre in Boston, produced by Boston Playwrights’ Theatre in association with Suffolk University. Deported was awarded grants from the Puffin Foundation and the Boston University Center for the Humanities, and was a 2011 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference Finalist. The playwright was honored for Deported with a Joint House-Senate Resolution by the Massachusetts State Legislature. The script was previously developed at the Huntington Theatre, New Repertory Theatre, Boston Theatre Marathon and Boston University.
Other plays include The Oil Thief, originally commissioned by the Ensemble Studio Theatre / Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project, which won Boston’s 2009 Elliot Norton Award for best new play in its Boston Playwrights’ Theatre production; and A Girl’s War, named one of the “Top Ten” plays of 2001 by the Boston Globe. A Girl’s War has been produced by Golden Thread Productions (2009), New Repertory Theatre (2003), and Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (2001), and won the John Gassner Playwriting Award, Provincetown Theatre Company Playwriting Award, and nomination for the American Theatre Critics Association Steinberg New Play Award. It was published in Contemporary Armenian American Drama (2004). Other productions include Interview, commissioned and produced by ArtsEmerson (2010), The Earring, published in Laugh Lines: Short Comic Plays (Boston Theater Marathon, 2005), Not My Real Mother (Boston Theater Marathon, 2007); and Love in the Gulf (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 1996).
Joyce Van Dyke is a MacDowell Colony Fellow, a Huntington Theatre Playwriting Fellow, and a graduate of Boston University’s playwriting program. She has a BA from Stanford and a PhD from the University of Virginia, and teaches Shakespeare at Harvard Extension School where she received the Shattuck Teaching Prize. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and StageSource.