Ava Geyer is the author of five full-length plays, twelve one-acts, a TV pilot under David E. Kelley, a 400 page short story cycle (Wet Reckless & Other Stories), and a dozen other short stories, as well as a full-length adaptation of a novella by the early Soviet era phantasmagorical prose writer, Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky.
Geyer has studied playwriting with some of the most talented and prominent playwrights in the American theatre: Robert Sandberg, Deborah Stein, Melissa James Gibson, Paula Vogel, Annie Baker, Dan O’Brien and Christopher Durang.
Geyer also studied fiction writing with Susanna Moore and Colson Whitehead and worked closely with A.M. Homes for nearly 12 months on her prize-winning collection of short stories. This collection secured her literary representation from Trident Media Group. In fall 2015, Geyer contributed to a pitch A.M. Homes made to Hulu TV for a series based on an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.
Playwriting awards include Princeton’s Francis LeMoyne Page Award for Distinctive Achievement in Theater for This Is An Elephant and a finalist position in Young Playwrights’ Inc. National Competition for Fruit with Secrets. In 2012, Geyer was granted a $7,000 commission to write a play, Ways to be Strong, the research for which led her to Northern Scotland to live in the spiritual community Findhorn, and to study improv comedy and sketch writing at The Second City in Chicago. Geyer was also a recipient of Princeton’s Stanley J. Seeger Summer Fellowship, which supported travel to Athens, Greece for the 2014 Athens & Epidaurus Festival to study international avant-garde theatre.
Other recent projects include the community theatre project Windows for at-risk LGBT youth in Ewing, NJ as well as co-writing and acting in the web series Amateurs, about a struggling couples-counseling service and two Buddhist monks.
Geyer also performs slam poetry. She co-founded Princeton University’s first slam team. Click to watch a video of her poem GetCloser.
At Princeton, Geyer was a staff writer and copy editor for The Princeton Buffer, an online TV and film review zine. To read her writing on Aaron Sorkin, Nora Ephron and Chris Rock, visit the Princeton Buffer.
In fall 2015, Geyer assisted writers Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews on the NY premiere of their musical Invisible Thread, directed by Diane Paulus at Second Stage Theatre. Geyer was also a Bernard B. Jacobs intern at New Dramatists from January-May 2016.
In September 2016, Geyer will enter U.C. San Diego’s Playwriting M.F.A program headed by Naomi Iizuka and Deborah Stein.