liza birkenmeier 

Liza Birkenmeier is a member of the 2016-2017 Emerging Writers Group at the Public Theater and a recent Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow. She is a commissioned artist at Ars Nova and was a member of the 2014-2015 Play Group. She is a New Georges Affiliated Artist.  

She is interested in math, queerness, war, and large-scale musical numbers. 

Her work has been seen or heard at Ars Nova, The Working Theater, BAX, The San Diego Museum of Art, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, The Catch Series, Prelude, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Dixon Place, The Invisible Dog, New Georges, The San Francisco Playhouse, City Theatre in Pittsburgh, and the Classic Coin Laundry. She has been awarded residencies at MacDowell, Millay, and Yaddo. She received her BA from Washington University in St. Louis and her MFA from Carnegie Mellon. She lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
"Birkenmeier’s intentions bring to mind the Russian Formalist Viktor Shklovsky’s use of literary devices that make things 'strange.' They allow us to see that which has become habitualized, as new—'to make one feel things, to make the stone stony.' Strangeness allows for a heightened sense of perception and requires the spectator to attend to the event with rigor." 
-the brooklyn rail
"Moments of hypnotic goofiness appear too, like when the cast re-stages footage from one of Holly’s dance competitions or Lorna Das records the choir (“Let Christ light up your way…”) at Holly’s former parish. It’s the excruciating awkwardness of prolific, unaware mediocrity in real time. It’s one of my favorite things to experience. That, and beauty, which is also a reason to write and record this time spent in the dark with a show." - HowlRound 
Photo by Hunter Canning 
(Patrena Murray and Reyna DeCourcy - the hollower)