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About

Crystal is an award winning writer who creates darkly funny, high-concept work with heart and edge.
 

As a playwright she is a four time NYT Critics’ Pick, as well as an award-winner as a bookwriter for the musical  MARY AND MAX  (with composer  Bobby Cronin ), and her comic book credits include work for Marvel and “Adventure Time”.

You can watch the trailer of her NYTimes Critics’ Pick OPEN here or listen to the popular audio drama KING KIRBY (with writer Fred Van Lente) released from Broadway Podcast Network this year. 

A passionate believer in art and activism, Crystal is the author of the play RAIN AND ZOE SAVE THE WORLD, a coming of age story of two teenage climate activists, which has been optioned for a premiere next year and political thriller PULP VÉRITÉ (The Kilroys) presented earlier this year at the Playwrights’ Center in the Ruth Easton New Play Series.

Upcoming work in television includes the animated series EAT FIGHTER (Based on her WebToon comic), the YA animated series COSMIC CRITTERS, and the musical half hour comedy OVERNIGHT SUCCESS (Co-Conceiver Lauren Elder, Kampfire Films). 

Crystal's new audio drama THE MAGICIAN'S MAGICIAN will launch this fall. 

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2021 Orchard Project Audio Lab Selection 
2020-23 Playwrights Center Core Member 
2020-22 SDSU New Musicals Initiative Winner 

2019 Kilroys List
2018 EMOS Prize
2018 MUT Award (Critics Prize)
2018 Finalist McKnight Fellowship
2018 BAPF Finalist
2018 PlayPenn Semi-Finalist
2018 O'Neill Semi-Finalist
2016 New Harmony Project In Residence Writer
2015 Clifford Odets Ensemble Play Commission, LSTFI (Pulp Vérité)
2014 Pace University web series commission (Drunk Art Love)
2014 Northpoint Voices Inside/Out Playwright-in Residence
2011 Manhattan Best Of “Playwright to Watch”; 2011 People of the Year (NYTheatre.com)
2010 Outstanding Full Length Play NY IT Award
(The Vigil)
2006 Rising Phoenix Rep Commissions
(Birthday, Nobody, Telling Trilogy)
2005 Lincoln Center Directors Lab
(Sleeping World Workshop)
2001 Ensemble Studio Theater/Sloan Commissions (Flow & Ballad of Phineas P. Gage)
2000 Perishable Playwriting Prize (In the Wild)