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Bryna Turner

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Class of 2022 BEQ Pride LGBTQ Leader Under 40
(She, Her) is 31

What do you believe is your responsibility to this moment in history?

As a queer person, I’ve been left out of a lot of narratives and not included in a lot of history. That’s something I was trying to correct in telling this story – to include women of color felt like the natural and right choice. I feel like it’s something that happens often, where people’s imagination suddenly becomes limited when it comes to race, class, gender.


Bryna Turner is a Brooklyn-based playwright originally from Northern California. Bull in a China Shop (LCT3, About Face, Aurora, Diversionary, The National Theatre); “Bull in the China Shop,” which the New York Times called “a pugnacious, tender and gloriously funny new play” when it debuted in at the Lincoln Center in 2017.

Bryna Turner’s other plays include: At the Wedding (Kilroy’s 2019 Honorable Mention; Development: A.C.T., Arkansas New Play Festival); RATS! (Clubbed Thumb Winterworks Festival); How to Separate Your Soul from your Body (in ten easy steps!) (Mason Gross School of the Arts). Indebted to: Clubbed Thumb’s Early Career Writer’s Group; WP’s 2018-2020 Lab. Recipient of: a MacDowell Colony Fellowship; Lincoln Center Theater’s Emerging Artist Award of 2018. MFA: Rutgers University. 

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