Minneapolis, MN

Kira Obolensky

Kira Obolensky is a Mellon Foundation Playwright in residence at Ten Thousand Things Theater. She has written three plays for that theater, most recently Dirt Sticks which premiered in the spring of 2014. Her plays have been performed around the country and abroad. She has received many awards and fellowships including a Guggenheim fellowship, the Kesselring Prize and Le Comte de Nuys playwriting fellowship, as well as grants from the Bush, McKnight, and Jerome Foundations. Kira has written three books about architecture and design, including co-authoring the national best seller, The Not So Big House. Her novella, The Anarchists Float to St. Louis, won Quarterly West's novella prize. A graduate of Juilliard's playwriting program and Williams College, Kira teaches at the University of Minnesota and in Spalding University's low residency MFA program.