Joyce Van Dyke

Part-Time Lecturer

Joyce Van Dyke’s plays have been honored with numerous productions and awards. Most recently, in the fall of 2015, her play DAYBREAK had a staged reading in New York at Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, as well as a full production at Tufts’ Balch Arena Theater, and her commissioned play FRIENDS OF ARMENIA premiered at Faneuil Hall as part of the annual Najarian Human Rights Lecture.

DAYBREAK, based on the true stories of two women friends and survivors of the Armenian genocide, was produced in an earlier version in 2012 under the title DEPORTED / A DREAM PLAY by Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. An O’Neill National Playwrights’ Conference Finalist (2011), the play was awarded numerous grants, as well as a special Joint House-Senate Resolution from the Massachusetts Legislature for commemorating the Armenian genocide. DAYBREAK has also had staged readings in London, Buenos Aires, Philadelphia, Maine, and Yerevan where the Armenian Ministry of Culture recently funded the play’s translation into Armenian.

Other plays include THE OIL THIEF (2009 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding New Script; originally commissioned by the Ensemble Studio Theatre / Sloan Project, produced by Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); and A GIRL’S WAR, about a civil war in the middle east (productions by Golden Thread 2009, New Repertory Theatre 2003, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre 2001, and recipient of the Gassner Award and the Boston Globe’s “Top Ten” plays of the year). Joyce’s plays have been anthologized in Contemporary Armenian American Drama (2004) and Laugh Lines: Short Comic Plays (2007).

A MacDowell Colony Fellow and a Huntington Theatre Playwriting Fellow, Joyce has twice received playwriting grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Educated at Stanford (BA), the University of Virginia (PhD), and Boston University (Master’s in playwriting), she teaches playwriting and Shakespeare at Northeastern and Harvard where she received the Shattuck Teaching Prize.

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