Aurin Squire is an award-winning playwright, journalist, and multimedia artist. Squire is honored to be the inaugural recipient of the Emerald Prize at Seattle Public Theater. Last year his dramas "Defacing Michael Jackson" and "Don't Smoke in Bed" were produced in Chicago to critical acclaim. He is a two-time recipient of the 2014 Lecomte du Nouy Prize from Lincoln. In 2014-2015, he has fellowships at The Dramatists Guild of America, National Black Theatre, and Brooklyn Arts Exchange. Squire's play "Defacing Michael Jackson" was the winner of the 2014 Act One Writing Contest at Lincoln Center Theatre and the one-act version of the play has been published by Samuel French. After graduating with honors from Northwestern University, he worked as a reporter for publications like ESPN, The Miami Herald, and Chicago Tribune. His dark comedy "To Whom It May Concern" won New York LGBT theatre awards for best play, best playwright, and best actor before being optioned and remounted off-broadway to critical acclaim at the Arclight Theatre. As a documentary writer, Squire received a year-long commission to live in New Mexico, interviewing Jewish Latinos. He worked with an ensemble to create A Light in My Soul, a docudrama produced around New Mexico about Jewish families who fled from the Spanish Inquisition and settled in the American southwest. Squire also wrote "Dreams of Freedom," the multimedia installation video about Jewish immigrants in the 20th century for the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. "Dreams" won 3 national museum awards and is in the permanent exhibit at NMAJH. In 2013 his drama "Freefalling" was produced at Barrington Stage Company and won the 2013 Fiat Lux Award ("Let There Be Light") from the Catholic Church’s Theatre Conference. In 2014 Squire won the grand prize in the InspiraTO Theatre’s International Play Festival in Toronto (largest theatre festival in Canada) for "Freefalling" and the play was published in Dramatists Play Service’s Outstanding Short Plays Volume 2. "Article 119-1," his drama about a gay rights activist in Belarus, was produced in Florence, Italy, Norway, Vancouver, and Los Angeles in March 2014. Squire’s comedy "African Americana" received its world premiere at London’s Theatre 503 in June 2014. He has been a guest artist and lecturer at Gettysburg College, Malloy College, and New School University. His plays have been produced at venues like Abingdon Theatre, ArcLight Theatre, Ars Nova, Barrington Stage Company, Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX), Cherry Lane, Lincoln Center Lab, National Hispanic Cultural Center.
Squire works as a video writer/producer for media organizations like Learn Liberty. He has also worked as a journalist at publications like The New Republic, Talking Points Memo, and Take Part. Squire has worked as a writer for the NBC drama "This is Us," the CBS political satire "BrainDead. Currently he is a co-producing writer on "The Good Fight" and lives in Brooklyn. He graduated from The Juilliard School and Northwestern University.
Following a blind, highly competitive reviewal process, Seattle Public Theater narrowed the proposals down to five finalists. Finalists then submitted their full proposals for consideration in early 2017, and in March Seattle Public Theater announced the Emerald Prize's inaugural winner: Aurin Squire.
Squire was awarded $10,000 to write his play, which received a developmental workshop, a series of staged readings, and was considered under option for a full production as part of our 2018-19 Season.