Writer for stage, screen, and television.
NEWS & EVENTS
Cheri's play The Wide Yawning Infinity will have a reading at People's Light and Theatre Company in Malvern, PA., directed by AD Abigail Adams.
Cheri’s Magid's plays have been seen at Primary Stages, New Georges, The New Group, The Women’s Project, Rattlestick, The Lark, Abingdon Theatre Company, Centenary Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, StudioTenn, People's Light and Theatre Company and South Coast Repertory. She is currently in the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages, was the 2015-2016 Tennessee Williams Playwright in Residence at Sewanee University of the South (video), a 2014 Audrey Resident at New Georges, and a 2014 Walter E. Dakin Fellow at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. The Ghost of Enoch Charlton was produced at The Keen Company, Manna at The University of Iowa, First Lady of Christmas at Sarah Lawrence College (video), and her one-acts at La Mama, Blue Coyote Theatre Company, The Slipper Room, The Turnip Theatre Festival, and Vital Theatre Company, among others. Cheri has been commissioned by Cincinnati Playhouse (Playing Dog), South Coast Rep (et al; and The Reluctant Dragon), The Keen Company (The Ghost of Enoch Charlton) and director Jackson Gay (First Lady of Christmas). She is currently writing a commission for the Southern Foodways Alliance. Manna and The Ghost of Enoch Charlton have been published by Playscripts and excerpts are included in Smith and Kraus’ The Best Stage Scenes of 2009. Camera Four is published in Smith and Kraus’ The Best Short Plays of 2012 and by Indie Theater Now. Post Mortem is in The Best Short Plays of 2015.
Cheri’s erotic story She Grinds Her Own Coffee is published in Cleis Press’ anthology Hide and Seek, which she also adapted into a short film starring Raul Castillo (Looking). The film debuted at the 2016 New York Shorts Festival. Her short story The Dog Lover was featured as part of the In The Flesh reading series (video). Lydia, or the Girl at the Wheel, Cheri’s radio play about the earliest days of burlesque aired on National Public Radio, and her short story Yeah, We Got That was featured on Playboy Radio. She wrote the screenplay Story of D, about the real story behind the writing of the famous sadomasochistic novel Story of O, for Nicole Kidman, and adapted the book Heart of the Game for film producer Richard Wiener (Any Given Sunday). She is currently writing on the Emmy-Award-winning kids' show Arthur.
Cheri is an Assistant Arts Professor in Dramatic Writing and the Area Head of Craft and Text at New York University. She also teaches TV writing classes through her company The Write Draft. For more information about classes, visit her teaching website: thewritedraft.com.
Excerpts of Cheri's opera Penelope and the Geese, composed by Milica Paranosic, will be presented at the symposium 'Words and Music' at University of Delaware.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
It was such a joy for me to read a new (to me) playwright, and be so completely swept up in the play - the intelligence, the humor, the rhythm, and beautifully drawn characters - that I became an instant fan of Cheri Magid. And I read it a second time right away.
We have known Cheri Magid ever since we saw one of her plays read at our Theater Workshop in New York a few years ago. This was true then and is even more so now: Cheri is an amazingly inventive and extremely gifted writer. Plus she is a total joy to work with and to know. Her stuff is totally out of the box. If you read some of it, you'll understand.
ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATED PRODUCERS
NELLIE BELLFLOWER & MICHAEL MISLOVE
Cheri's writing marries the absurd and the poignant, and the episodes she wrote for Arthur injected a uniqie vitality to the series. It's so rare that a writer can both touch your heart and tickle your funny bone in the same script, and her sense of structure is so profound that she seems to be able to juggle dramatic forms with astounding ease. I'd work with her again in a heartbeat!