R. N. Sandberg is a playwright who has won acclaim for his realistic depictions of contemporary life, imaginative treatments of social issues, and inventive adaptations of classic literature.
His plays have been seen in Australia, Canada, England, Japan, Panama, and South Korea as well as throughout the U.S. Theaters that have presented his work include The Barrow Group, Barter Theatre, Dallas Children’s Theater, Fulton Opera House, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Indiana Rep, Intiman Theatre, Kitchen Dog, La Mama, New York Music Theatre Festival, New York State Theatre Institute, Open Eye, Providence Black Rep, Seattle Rep, Stage One: Louisville’s Children Theatre, Stages Repertory Theatre and Yale Cabaret.
He has been commissioned by theatres such as The 52nd Street Project, McCarter Theatre, Metro Theater Company, Open Door, Passage Theatre, and, on three occasions, Seattle Children’s Theatre. He is currently writing IRL (in real life) for George Street Playhouse, What Can’t Be Seen, workshopped at the Provincetown Playhouse, and The Judgment of Bett, which was part of the Kennedy Center’s New Visions/New Voices in conjunction with the American Repertory Theatre and Discovering Justice.
He has received many awards and honors, including the Bonderman National Playwriting Award for Can’t Believe It and the A.R.T. Discovering Justice Award for The Trials of the Massachusetts Servants. His work has been supported by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and Theatre Communications Group as well as many state and local arts commissions.
His plays are published by Dramatic Publishing and Playscripts and include Anne of Green Gables, Convivencia, Done, Frankenstein, Good-bye Dolly, In Between, Jarpteetza/The Firebird, A Little Princess, Martina: Lost and Found, The Moonstone, The Odyssey, and Sara Crewe.
He is a member of the Philadelphia Dramatist Center and the Dramatists Guild and teaches playwriting, acting and dramatic literature at Princeton University.
Banner images: Sara Crewe at Seattle Children's Theatre (photo: C. Bennion), Done at Providence Black Rep (photo: J. Deputy), Anne of Green Gables at Seattle Children's Theatre (photo: C. Bennion).