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Heidi Schreck (born 1971/1972)[1] is an American writer and actress from Wenatchee, Washington.[2] Her play What the Constitution Means to Me which she also performs in, was a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Heidi Schreck
Born1971/1972 (age 47–48)
OccupationPlaywright, actor, screenwriter
EducationUniversity of Oregon
Home townWenatchee, Washington, U.S.
Notable worksWhat the Constitution Means to Me
Notable awardsObie Award for Distinguished Performance by an Actress (2008)
SpouseKip Fagan



Schreck attended the University of Oregon and upon graduation worked in Siberia, teaching English. She then was a journalist in St. Petersburg, Russia. She next moved to Seattle, Washington where she started working as an actress and writer.[3]

She is the writer and star of What the Constitution Means to Me, which opened on Broadway on March 31, 2019.[4] This play is partially autobiographical, relating her real-life experience in participating in debates as a teen.[3]

Schreck's other writing credits include the play Grand Concourse (2014), and episodes of the TV series I Love Dick, Nurse Jackie, and Billions.[5]

Schreck has performed Off-Broadway in, among others, Drum of the Waves of Horikawa (HERE Arts Center, 2007)[6][7] and Circle Mirror Transformation (2009) and How the World Began (Women's Project, 2011)[8] at Playwrights Horizons.[9]

Schreck is married to director Kip Fagan. As of 2019, they live in Park Slope, Brooklyn.[1]

Honors and awardsEdit

She won the Obie Award, Performance, for Drum of the Waves of Horikawa for 2008.[10] She won the Obie Award, Performance, for Circle Mirror Transformation for 2010.[11] Schreck and the cast of Circle Mirror Transformation received a 2010 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Ensemble Performance.[12]

Her play Grand Concourse, performed in 2014–2015 at Playwrights Horizons[13] and Steppenwolf Theatres, received the Lilly Awards, Stacey Mindich "Go Write A Play" Award for best new play in 2015[14] and was a finalist for the 2014–2015 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.[5] Schreck was a Playwrights Horizons Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence in 2014. Grand Concourse received an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays award.[15]

She received a commission from the Atlantic Theatre Company in conjunction with the Kenyon Institute at Kenyon College in June 2016. She appeared at the Kenyon Playwrights Conference and taught a master class.[16]

Schreck was a finalist for the 2018–2019 Susan Smith Blackburn prize for her play What the Constitution Means to Me.[5]

Schreck is the co-winner, with Amy Herzog, of the 2019 Horton Foote Playwriting Award, which includes a $12,500 monetary award.[17]

What the Constitution Means to Me was a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.[18] The play was nominated for the 2019 Tony Award for Best Play and Schreck was nominated for the 2019 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play.[19]

She is the recipient of the 2018 Hull-Warriner Award, presented by the Dramatists Guild of America Council for What the Constitution Means to Me. The award is presented to an American author honoring a work "dealing with social, political or religious mores of the time".[20]


  1. ^ a b Soloski, Alexis (February 21, 2019). "Thirty Years Later, Heidi Schreck Has Some Amendments". The New York Times. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  2. ^ Horwitz, Andy (October 19, 2009). "Five Questions for Heidi Schreck". Culturebot. Retrieved March 31, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Larson, Sarah (June 26, 2017). "In Heidi Schreck's New Play, Teen Girls Talk About the Constitution". The New Yorker. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  4. ^ Paulson, Michael (January 14, 2019). "'What the Constitution Means to Me' to Open on Broadway in March". The New York Times. Retrieved March 31, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c "The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize: Finalist 2018–19 Heidi Schreck". Retrieved March 31, 2019.
  6. ^ Drum Of The Waves Of Horikawa Retrieved April 1, 2019
  7. ^ Cote, David. Drum of the Waves of Horikawa Time Out, November 1, 2007
  8. ^ Simmons, Paulanne. "Review. How the World Began ", January 4, 2011
  9. ^ "Schreck Off-Broadway" Retrieved April 1, 2019
  10. ^ "Obie 2008" Retrieved April 1, 2019
  11. ^ "Obie 2010" Retrieved April 1, 2019
  12. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Drama Desk Award Nominations Announced; 'Ragtime' and 'Scottsboro' Top List" Playbill, May 3, 2010
  13. ^ Grand Concourse Retrieved April 1, 2019
  14. ^ "Lilly Awards 2015" Retrieved April 2, 2019
  15. ^ Grand Concourse Retrieved April 4, 2019
  16. ^ "Atlantic Theater Commisions New Works by Simon Stephens, Jennifer Haley & More", May 23, 2016
  17. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Heidi Schreck and Amy Herzog Named Winners of 2019 Horton Foote Playwriting Award" Playbill, March 19, 2019
  18. ^ "Drama. Heidi Schreck", retrieved April 15, 2019
  19. ^ McPhee, Ryan. "2019 Tony Award Nominations: Hadestown and Ain't Too Proud Lead the Pack" Playbill, April 30, 2019
  20. ^ "Heidi Schreck Wins 2018 Hull-Warriner Award", May 9, 2019

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