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"One of downtown's most bracing talents." - NYT

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Crystal is an award winning playwright, fictional podcast writer, and comic book author who creates darkly funny, high-concept work with heart and edge.

She is the author of THE ROCKET MEN (New Play Commission), RAIN AND ZOE SAVE THE WORLD (Jerymn Street Theatre World Premiere, 2018 Earth Matters on Stage Prize), OPEN (The Tank w/All for One, Edinburgh Fringe, 2021 Offie Nomination), MARY AND MAX with Bobby Cronin  (Landestheater Linz, Theatre Calgary, 2021 Broadway World Award Winner, 2018 MUT Award Critics Prize), THIS SHOW IS MONEY with Gaby Alter (The Civilians R&D Lab), KING KIRBY (The Brick, Audio Drama out from Broadway Podcast Network), PULP VÉRITÉ (2019 Kilroys List, Clifford Odets Ensemble Play Prize), GEEK (Vampire Cowboys) and CUT (Theatre Under St. Marks). Crystal is a core member of the Playwrights’ Center. Her work has been seen and developed at Women’s Project, MCC Theater, The Atlantic, The Civilians, Soho Rep, and Ensemble Studio Theater. Comic book/animation writing credits include work for Marvel, WebToon Studios, “Adventure Time”, and the new series COSMIC CRITTERS. Crystal’s work as a fictional podcast writer includes work for GIRL TALES, STORIES PODCAST (Wondrey Kids), and the upcoming MAGICIAN’S MAGICIAN (2021 Austin Film Festival Top 20 Percent, 2021 The Gotham Market Selection, 2021 The Orchard Project Audio Lab, sold to Boom Integrated).



Professor Skillman is Back! This fall Crystal is honored to be teaching a new Playwriting course at Athens State University as well as a new theater course called The Scene, jointly with Sanjit De Silva at The New School.

 Fresh off the developmental production in London, I chat Cl-Fi with author Amy Brady about the power of this coming of age environmental play and next steps for 2023 in the states HERE


NOVEMBER 2022  The original NYC production of OPEN is one of three productions selected to tour in Italy, as part of the Kairos Italy Theater’s Onstage Festival this fall.

APRIL 2023 The Rocket Men, a new play commission from Alabama Center for the Arts, has its first showing at Athens State University directed by Hugh Long

SPRING 2023 Playwrights' Lab Workshop- Final year as a core member.