Charly Evon Simpson’s plays include Jump, Behind the Sheet, form of a girl unknown, it’s not a trip it’s a journey, and more. Her work has been seen and/or developed with The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Lark, Page 73, Ars Nova, Chautauqua Theater Company, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Salt Lake Acting Company, National New Play Network through its NNPN/Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights Workshop and National Showcase of New Plays, and others. Charly was recently named the co-recipient of the Dramatists Guild’s Lanford Wilson Award, was nominated for the Outer Critics Circle’s John Gassner Award, and had two of her plays on the 2019 Kilroys List. Her play Jump is the first recipient of the David Goldman Fund for New Plays. form of a girl unknown will premiere at Salt Lake Acting Company this fall. She is working on a commission from Manhattan Theatre Club/Sloan. She’s currently a member of WP Theater’s 2018-2020 Lab, The New Georges Jam, and Primary Stages’ Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group. Charly is a former member of SPACE on Ryder Farm’s The Working Farm, Clubbed Thumb’s 17/18 Early Career Writers’ Group, Ensemble Studio Theatre's Youngblood, The Amoralists’ Wright Club, and Pipeline Theatre Company’s PlayLab.
Charly loves to teach playwriting and storytelling to people of all ages. She is currently an adjunct lecturer at SUNY Purchase. In the past, she has worked in middle schools as a full-time tutor, a social worker, and playwriting teacher. In addition, she was a yoga teacher and health coach.
She received her BA from Brown University, a master’s in Women’s Studies from University of Oxford, New College, and her MFA in Playwriting from Hunter College, where she studied with Annie Baker, Brighde Mullins, and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins.