WILLIAM IVOR FOWKES is a playwright and author based in Manhattan and Connecticut. His work explores human relationships, gay issues, religion, the limits of love, the psychology and politics of love, the effects of aging and dying on the living, and the role of art in our lives. A member of the Dramatists Guild, he is the author of numerous full-length plays, short plays, and short stories.


His plays have been presented in 29 states, the District of Columbia, the United Kingdom, and ireland--at Theatre Rhinoceros, the Cherry Lane Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Gallery Players, LaBute New Theater Festival (St. Louis), Penobscot Theatre Company, the Great Plains Theatre Conference, Harlequin Productions, the Pulse Ensemble Theatre, the Players' Ring, Theatre Southwest, the Collective NY, Stage Left Theatre, the William Inge Theater Festival, Silver Spring Stage, the Wild Project and elsewhere. Many of his plays have been presented on the radio, on podcasts, and online; many have been published (Dramatists Play Service, The Best 10-Minute Plays—Smith & Kraus, The Best Women’s Stage Monologues and Scenes—Smith & Kraus, Clockhouse Review, The Distillery, The Paragon Journal, Statement Magazine, The Eddy, Iris Literary Journal, Fleas on the Dog, and elsewhere). 


His full-length plays include ALL IN THE FACULTY (Dramatists Play Service), INCIDENT IN CONFERENCE ROOM B (Cimientos at IATI Theater 2020), PRIVATE PROPERTY (Players’ Ring 2018), MUSEUM LOVERS (Harlequin Productions 2017), SUNSHINE QUEST (Fresh Fruit Festival 2014), COUPLE OF THE CENTURY (Downtown Urban Theater Festival), THE BEST PLACE WE’VE EVER LIVED (Love Creek Productions), THE GERMAN LESSON (Great Plains Theatre Conference Playlabs) and others. His short film, THE BRAZILIAN DILEMMA, is available on Amazon Prime Video.



His fiction has been published in many literary journals, including Eureka Literary MagazineWisconsin Review, The Dirty GoatThe Nassau ReviewThe Chariton ReviewLullwater ReviewSoundings East, and others. His short play, THE SESSION (published in The Distillery) was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2008. 


His short plays include THE DAKOTA (Best Short Play, Downtown Urban Theater Festival), THE BRAZILIAN DILEMMA (First Prize, McLean Drama Company; The Collective NY; film version by Collective NY Films, Amazon Prime Video), SISYPHUS & ICARUS: A LOVE STORY (LaBute New Theater Festival, St. Louis), THE NEXT MOVE (Best New One-Act Play, Brevard Theater; Theatre Southwest; Silver Spring Stage; Warner International Playwrights' Festival; Petaluma Radio Players; Radio Theatre Project; Ensemble Studio Theatre ), THE SESSION (Pushcart Prize Nominee; Strawberry One-Act Festival), TABLE MANNERS IN CHICAGOLAND (Winner, 2017 Nor’Eastern Play Writing Contest, Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre), TABLE MANNERS IN SANTA MONICA (4th Street Theater, IN; Artistic New Directions, NY; Turtle Shell Theater; Shoestring Radio Theatre, San Francisco), AN ACCIDENT IN THE PARK (William Inge Theatre Festival), A REMARKABLE MAN (Gallery Players, Brooklyn), MISS PEDDY & GRACE (Gallery Players; Silver Spring Stage; Radio Theatre Project; Atlanta Audio Fringe Festival), NOT HERE YET (Love Creek Productions; Petaluma Radio Players; Radio Theatre Project; Atlanta Audio Fringe Festival), STEAM (Theatre Rhinoceros), and others. 


A graduate of Yale University (BA, magna cum laude) and Northwestern University (MA, PhD), he is also the author of the book, A Hegelian Account of Contemporary Art, and several articles on philosophy and aesthetics. He began his professional life as a professor of philosophy and aesthetics, teaching at Hobart & William Smith Colleges and Northwestern University. He has twice been the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities: at Brown University (Semiotics) and New York University (Business). 


After leaving academia, he held a variety of executive positions in marketing, communication, and strategic planning at the Time Magazine Group, HBO, CBS Records/Columbia House, and Showtime Networks. A resident of the Upper West Side of Manhattan, where he lives with his husband, music conductor Stephen Michael Smith, he is also a pianist, photographer, urban gardener, meditator, and the proud father of two daughters. He currently runs a playwrights' group at the Dramatists Guild in New York. 



The Brazilian Dilemma (10-minute play)

First Prize, McLean Drama Company’s 10-Minute Play Contest (2013)

The Hudson Family Guide to Table Manners (full-length play)

Finalist (as A Field Guide to Table Manners), Reva Shiner Comedy Award, 

   Bloomington Playwrights Project (2013)

Finalist (as A Field Guide to Table Manners), W. Keith Hedrick Playwriting Contest, 

   HRC Showcase Theatre, Hudson, NY (2012) 

Marriages of Inconvenience (full-length play)

Winner, One-Act Play Competition, Brevard Little Theatre, Brevard, NC (2010)  

Museum Lovers (full-length play)

Finalist, Normal Avenue Playwriting (NAP) Series, NYC (2019)

The Next Move (one-act play)

Winner, One-Act Play Competition, Brevard Little Theatre, Brevard, NC (2010)  

Rage, Children! Rage! (full-length play)

      Finalist, Isle of Shoals, 2020 Lance Hewitt Reading Series, NYC (2020) 

The Seeker (full-length play)

Semi-Finalist, Promising Playwright Award, Colonial Players, MD (2015) 

Semi-Finalist, Princess Grace Playwriting Award (2015)

The Session (one-act play)  

Nominated for the Pushcart Prize (2008)

Finalist, the Strawberry One-Act Festival, Bernie West Theatre, NYC (2005)

Table Manners in Chicagoland (one-act play)

Winner, Nor’Eastern Play Writing Contest, Vermont Actors’ Repertory

   Theatre, Rutland, VT (2017)

Audience Favorite Award, National One Act Playwriting Competition, 

   Catch a Star Theatrical (CAST) Players, Beaumont, CA (2012) 

Virtual First Date (10-minute play)

Winner, This Covid Life, Script6, London, UK (2020)  




Sunshine Quest (full-length): Fresh Fruit Festival, The Wild Project, New York City, July 2014.

Table Manners in Mexico City (one-act): 15-Minute Play Festival, American Globe Theatre, New York City, April 2012.


All in the Faculty (full-length): Turtle Shell Theater, New York City, May 2009.

Godiva Chocolate & a Diet Coke (short play): Gay Pride Plays, Village Playwrights, New York City, June 2018.



Yale University

BA (magna cum laude)

Northwestern University

M.A., Ph.D. (philosophy and aesthetics)

NEH Fellowships: Brown University, New York University



The Collective NY (2013-2018)

The Dramatists Guild Institute Writers’ Lab (as of 2019)

The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc (since 2005)

The Dramatists Guild Playwrights Group (The DGPG Writers) (since 2017)

Pulse Ensemble Theatre Playwriting Group (2012-17)

River Writers Group of Manhattan (2002-17) 

Stillwater Writers (since 2015)

Turtle Shell Productions Playwrights Platform (2009-10)