Emory Playwriting Fellow Edith Freni Gives Free Public Reading

Edith Freni © Brian McConkey

November 3, 2014

Playwright Edith Freni gives a free reading as part of the 2014-2015 Creative Writing Reading Series on November 17, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library.

Freni was selected as the first recipient of Emory University¿s new playwriting fellowship, a two-year appointment among the first of its kind and one of only a few existing university creative writing fellowships dedicated to the work of playwrights.

Freni, a native of New York City, received her BFA and MFA from NYU¿s Department of Dramatic Writing, where she was the recipient of a Goldberg Playwriting Fellowship and the Harry Kondoleon Graduate Playwriting Award. Her work has been produced, developed and read at numerous professional theatrical institutions including Steppenwolf Theatre Company, New York Theatre Workshop, LAByrinth Theatre Company, The Public Theatre, The Williamstown Theatre Festival, Ensemble Studio Theater, PS 122, Partial Comfort Productions, The McCarter Theatre and The Lark. She was the co-founder and literary manager of The 24Seven Lab from 2004-2011 and from 2010-2014, taught playwriting and play analysis in the Department of Theatre Arts at the University of Miami. Freni was a competitive figure skater for 12 years and fought in the NYC amateur circuit with Coach Lee Shabaka's Team Freeform Women¿s Boxing Club for six years.

During Emory¿s 2014 Brave New Works festival, Freni presented selections from two new works "A Work of Pure Fiction" and "Total Power Exchange," a nominee for the 2014 L. Arnold Weissberger Award, both directed by Donald McManus.

Freni¿s reading is free and open to the public. A book signing and reception will follow the reading.


Creative Writing Reading Series
The undergraduate Creative Writing Program at Emory celebrates its 24th anniversary this year. Students approach the study of literature through their own creative writing, as well as by the more traditional method of critical analysis and reading. Former US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing, directs the program.