R. Eric Thomas

Foundry Member, Foundry Alumnus (2017)

R. Eric Thomas won the 2016 Barrymore Award for Best New Play and the 2018 Dramatist Guild Lanford Wilson Award and was a finalist for the 2017 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award. He is the recipient of a 2017/2018 National New Play Network Commission and has also been commissioned or produced by Arden Theater Company, Simpatico Theater, Azuka Theater, Single Carrot Theater, About Face Theater, City Theater Miami, Act II Playhouse and more. He is also the long-running host of The Moth in Philadelphia and D.C. and a Senior Staff Writer for Elle.com where he writes “Eric Reads the News,” a daily current events and culture column with hundreds of thousands of monthly readers.  His debut memoir-in-essays, Here For It will be published by Ballantine Books in February 2020 and Reclaiming Her Time, a biography of Rep. Maxine Waters co-authored with Helena Andrews-Dyer, will be published in November 2020. Recent productions include Safe Space (Single Carrot Theater), Mrs Harrison (Azuka Theater, Barrymore nomination – Best New Play), Miriam1234 (City Theater Miami) and Time Is On Our Side (About Face Theater & Simpatico Theater). He is an alumnus of The Foundry, the Lambda Literary Fellowship, and the Ingram New Works Project.