Michelle Kholos Brooks is an award-winning playwright with productions staged across the U.S. and Canada.
Hostage was selected as a finalist for the 2016/17 Woodward/Newman Drama Award, the Fratti Newman Political Play Contest, and was a 2017 Showcase finalist for the National New Play Network. Hitler’s Tasters, won the 2017 Susan Glaspell Award. Kalamazoo, co-written with Kelly Younger, was the winner of the 2014 Riva Shiner Comedy Award, Bloomington Playwright’s Project. It has been published by Dramatists Play Service and has been produced across the country. Family Planning made its world premier at the Colony Theatre, Los Angeles and was a finalist for the Riva Shriner Comedy Award. Brooks’play, Chair won 2nd place in the 2015 Firehouse Theatre Festival of New American Plays.
Other select works for the stage include: Two Parents, Two Weddings, Two Years, (Wings Theatre, New York; Laurel Grove Theatre Company, Los Angeles); See How We Are (Laurel Grove Theatre Company); Love and Other Allergies (Vox Humana Theatre Ensemble), Peg and Irv (Snapshots, a benefit to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Foundation) Additional staged readings and developmental support of various works by Pacific Resident Theatre, Los Angeles; The Road Theatre Company; Los Angeles; The Boston Court Theatre, Pasadena; Venue 9 Theatre, San Francisco; The Barrow Group, New York; Drama West, Los Angeles; Wordsmyth Theatre, Houston and the Bay Street Theatre, New York.
Publications include Dramatists Play Service, Room literary magazine and The Daily Beast.
Brooks is a former journalist and producer for public radio programs such as Marketplace and The Savvy Traveler. She earned a B.A. from Emerson College and an M.F.A. in Fiction from Otis College of Art and Design. Brooks is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America, The Playwright’s Center and Pacific Resident Theatre. Brooks is a nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council within the Scowcroft Center on Strategy and Security.