CARY GITTER is a playwright and screenwriter, and a recent alumnus of the Ensemble Studio Theatre’s (EST's) Obie Award-winning Youngblood writers’ group. His play HOW MY GRANDPARENTS FELL IN LOVE was a New York Times Critic's Pick as part of EST's 36th Marathon of One-Act Plays and aired on the public radio show Playing on Air. He holds commissions from the EST/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project and West of 10th theater company.
His full-length plays have been developed by the Berkshire Playwrights Lab, the Chameleon Theatre Circle, the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, EST, the Jewish Ensemble Theatre, the Jewish Plays Project, New Jersey Repertory Company, NYU, West of 10th, and Wordsmyth Theater Company. He is a two-time O’Neill semifinalist and Jewish Playwriting Contest finalist, and he has been a finalist for a Creative Residency at SPACE on Ryder Farm and for NYU Steinhardt’s New Plays for Young Audiences. He received NYU’s John Golden Playwriting Prize and an honorable mention for the Kennedy Center’s Rosa Parks Playwriting Award.
His many short plays have been presented by the Big Funk Company (Paris, France), the Boston Center for the Arts, Caps Lock Theatre, Columbia University's Center for Palestine Studies, EST, the Flea Theater, the inspiraTO Festival (Toronto, Canada), the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, New Jersey Repertory Company, NYU, Roustabout Theatre Troupe, the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival (finalist), T. Schreiber Theatre, the Tank, and others.
His dramatic work has been published in The Best Men's Stage Monologues 2018 and 2017 Theatre Brut Festival Anthology (Smith and Kraus) as well as in interJACtions: Monologues from the Heart of Human Nature, Volume III (JAC Publishing). His fiction has appeared in Baphash Literary & Arts Quarterly, JewishFiction.net, Newtown Literary, and the Jewish Literary Journal. He has been a resident in Tofte Lake Center's Emerging Artists Program and participated in Theater Reconstruction Ensemble's chemis|TRE workshop. He holds a BFA in dramatic writing and an MA in English and American literature from NYU.