Cori Thomas is a playwright and actress who lives in New York City. Her plays include: His Daddy (2009 River Crosses Rivers at EST and New Federal Theatre, Smith and Kraus Best Short Plays of 2010); When January Feels Like Summer (World Premiere- City Theatre Co., Pittsburgh 2010;  Sundance Theatre Lab ‘08 , Momentum 08, Finalist Juilliard Fellowship, Finalist O'Neill Festival, Nominated for Susan Smith Blackburn Prize '08); Pa’s Hat: Liberian Legacy (World Premiere Pillsbury House Theatre 2010), My Secret Language of Wishes (Upcoming: 2011 Lark Theatre, Arizona Black Troupe; St Louis Black Rep, Columbia College Chicago, University of Louisville, 2007 Winner Theodore Ward Prize. KY.); our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor (2nd Place 2004 Theodore Ward Prize).

Lifetime member Acting/Writing of Ensemble Studio Theatre, 2009 Page 73 Fellowship finalist, 2008/2009 Interstate73; Wright on!, New Georges Affiliated Artist. Cori’s plays have been developed at Sundance Institute, The Goodman Theatre, City Theatre Pittsburgh, Page 73, Rockefeller Brothers Foundation, Playwrights Horizons, EST, Going To The River, New Federal Theatre, Queens Theatre in the Park. Cori has been commissioned by South Coast Repertory Theatre and The Sloan Foundation and is the recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship.


Cori Thomas talks about how her plays have been developed through Going to the River.