Research Areas

Poetry; Playwriting; Visual Art; Art and Social Change; Sustainability/Social Transformation 


M.F.A., Smith College 

M.A., Columbia University 

B.A., University of Chicago 


Playwrights' Center Affiliated Writer

Massachusetts Cultural Council blog archive

Massachusetts Cultural Council dramatic writing fellow

Massachusetts Cultural Council poetry writing fellow

Monica Raymond

Monica Raymond

Monica Raymond

Monica Raymond is a prize-winning poet and playwright. She was a Jerome Fellow for 2008-09 at the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis, and a 2013 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow in Playwriting.

The Owl Girl, about two families in the Middle East who both have keys to the same house, won the Clauder Gold Medal (Portland Stage), the Peacewriting Award, and the Castillo Theater Award in political playwriting. It was selected as one of the top ten new Jewish plays of 2015 by the Jewish Plays Project, and won their Boston area competition. The Owl Girl was produced at the University of Utah (Salt Lake City) in Fall 2014, and Stel’s monologue from it appears in Best Stage Monologues for Women 2015 (Smith and Kraus).

Raymond’s full-length A to Z (Ruby Lloyd Apsey Award 2011 for plays about race/ethnicity) follows the relationship of two women, Annie and Zafiya, through forty years of US history (1968-2008) and all of the latters of the alphabet. It’s been developed by the Playwrights’ Center, Wordworks (Houston), Central Square Theater (Cambridge, Ma), and the Virago Theater in Oakland, Ca. Other plays include Martina’s Story (The Internationalists, Long Distance Affair), Safe House (Panelists Choice Award, Last Frontier Theater Conference; O'Neill Finalist); Creche (Dramatic Publishing 35 in 10); Lindsay (Subversive Theater, 2005 Montreal and NYC Infringement Festivals); Novices (Best Short Plays of 2009) and others. Her short play Hijab has been performed widely, including at the Boston Theater Marathon, the Vital Theater (NYC), the Samuel French Festival, and as part of "Occupied Territories: Palestinian- and Jewish-American Plays about the Middle East" at Boston Playwrights Theatre.

Paper or Plastic, a short eco-opera for which she wrote the libretto, was produced at the American Repertory Theater’s Outside the Box Festival (Summer 2013). Other work in music theater includes Koan, a short chamber opera with Charles Turner (composer), WH2O (Doug Opel, composer) and Battlefields (Abbie Betsinis, composer). Her text “After Harvest” is used in composer Tim Takach’s secular winter chorale, set to debut in 42 different states in winter 2016.

Raymond hosted a panel "Making Theatre about Palestine/ Israel" at the Conference of the Association for Theater in Higher Education, and toured as a performer in An Olive on the Seder Plate, a play by and for American Jews about human rights in Israel/Palestine. She has performed her own monologues and performance scores at Mobius, the Boston Museum School, and as part of Joe Chaikin's "Disability Project" at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. For over ten years, she conducted an experiment in living a carbon neutral life in a contemporary US city.

She has been a resident at the MacDowell Colony, a fellow at BIARI (Brown International Advanced Research Institute), and has received grants from the Book of the Month Club, the Cambridge Arts Council, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities.

Raymond holds degrees from the University of Chicago (BA Humanities), Columbia University (MA English) and Smith College (MFA Theatre/Playwriting) and has taught writing and literature at Harvard, CUNY, and the Boston Museum School.

Current Projects

A new play focusing on the life of a woman.

Representative Publications