Finalist 2018-19

Heidi Schreck

Play: What the Constitution Means to Me


Synopsis: Fifteen-year-old Heidi Schreck put herself through college by giving speeches about the U.S. Constitution. Now, the Obie Award winner resurrects her teenage self to trace the document's profound impact on women's bodies—starting with her great-great-grandmother, a mail-order bride who died under mysterious circumstances. This witty and searingly personal exploration breathes new life into our founding document and imagines how it will shape the next generation of American women.

Bio: Heidi is a playwright, performer, and screenwriter living in Brooklyn. Her most recent plays include What the Constitution Means to Me and Grand Concourse, which debuted at Playwrights Horizons and Steppenwolf Theatres in 2014-15 and has played at theaters all over the country. Grand Concourse won the Stacey Mindich Lilly Award for best new play in 2015 and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Heidi's other plays have been produced by Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Page73, Seattle Public Theatre, New Georges, Rattlestick Theatre, and more. Heidi holds commissions from the Atlantic Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, and South Coast Repertory Theatre and she is working on a new translation of Three Sisters for NYTW. Heidi’s screenwriting credits include “I Love Dick,” “Billions” and “Nurse Jackie,” and she is currently developing projects with Annapurna Pictures and Imagine Television. Heidi has also taught playwriting and screenwriting at NYU, Columbia, Kenyon College, and Primary Stages, and long ago worked as a journalist in Saint Petersburg, Russia. She is the recipient of two Obie Awards, a Drama Desk, and the Theatre World Award.

Heidi Schreck Rosdely Ciprian, Mike Iveson, Heidi Schreck
Heidi Schreck
What the Constitution Means to Me at New York Theatre Workshop. Photos by Joan Marcus.