Brighde Mullins

Professor of the Practice of English
Email Office English Department Office Phone (213) 740-4718


Brighde Mullins has also taught at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts); Harvard University, where she was the Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Dramatic Writing and the Director of the Creative Writing Program; Brown University, where she was a Visiting Associate Professor of Playwriting; and San Francisco State University, where she was an Associate Professor of Playwriting. Her awards include a Guggenhem Fellowship (2012), United States Artists Fellowship in Literature (2010), Pinter Review Gold Medal (2003), the Whiting Foundation Award for Playwriting (2001), the Will Glickman Award for Playwriting (2001), a Pushcart Prize nomination for her poetry (2003), and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Playwriting (1991). Her plays have been produced in New York, London, San Francisco, Los Angeles. She holds and MFA in Playwriting from the Yale School of Drama and an MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.


  • M.F.A. Poetry, University of Iowa Writers Workshop, 5/1989
  • M.F.A. Playwriting, Yale School of Drama, 5/1987
  • B.A. English, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 5/1984
    • Lecturer, Teachers College, Columbia University, 1990-1991
  • Tenure Track Appointments

    • Assistant Prof. of Creative Writing, San Francisco State University, 05/01/1994 – 05/01/2002

    Visiting and Temporary Appointments

    • Distinguished Lecturer, Director of MFA Playwriting, Hunter College, CUNY, 2016-2017
    • Lecturer, Queens University of Charlotte, 05/2007-08/2010
    • Visiting Professor of Creative Writing, Brown University, 08/2004-05/2006
    • Distinguished Writer in Residence, St. Mary’s College of Moraga, 01/1997-05/1998

    Other Employment

    • Director, MFA Writing Program, California Institute of the Arts, 09/2006-05/2008
    • Briggs Copeland Lecturer in Dramatic Writing; Director, Creative Writing, Harvard University, Dept. of English, 05/01/2002-05/01/2006
    • Director, Readings in Contemporary Poetry, Dia Art Foundation, NYC, 09/01/1989-05/01/2005
    • Art-Residency, I received a Residency at the Rauschenberg Foundation on Captiva Island, Florida., 08/01/2014-09/01/2014
    • New Play Development, My play based on the life of Phillis Wheatley received a two month workshop at Hartford Stage in Hartford, Connecticut., 06/01/2015-08/01/2015
    • Poetry, The Turning Animal Collective: Round Pond, by Carapace; a poem in a special edition of Performance Research: 23.4/5 On Centenaries (100th Issue) (Routledge Press) in August-September 2018 , 2017-2018
    • Play , Theatre Productions and Workshops:
      Shakespeare’s King John, a contemporary verse translation. Commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Fall 2017. Classic Stage Company, New York June 2019 , 2018-2019
    • Essay, Sitzfleish: Seventeen Back and Forth Scenes on What It Means to Write for the Theatre; Qu Magazine, The Writing Life Issue, Summer 2022.

      , 2022-2023

    • Book, King John: A.K.A. The Tragedy of King John, a contemporary translation; Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Play On Series. Forthcoming, Nov. 2023

      Book Details

      , 2023-2024

    • GESM Teaching Award, 2023-2024
    • Guggenheim Fellowship Recipient, Playwriting, 2012-2013
    • 2010 United States Artists Fellow, 2010
    • Pinter Review Gold Medal for FIRE EATER, 2003-2004
    • Whiting Foundation Award, Playwriting, 2001-2002
    • Will Glickman Award, Playwriting, 2001-2002
    • Jane Chambers Award, Playwriting, 1997-1998
    • National Endowment for the Arts (Playwriting), 1991-1992