Tim J. Lord is the recipient of the inaugural Apothetae and Lark Playwriting Fellowship for a writer with a disability and was a 2017-18 Jerome Fellow at the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis. A native of St. Louis, his plays are still very much rooted in the Midwest, exploring the relationships between communities and the physical landscapes they inhabit often via our shared mythologies.

His work has been seen at The Public Theater, The Lark, The Kennedy Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, New Harmony Project, The Playwrights’ Center, Pillsbury House + Theater, Working Theater, Circle Rep, the Summer Play Festival, The Cutout Theatre, The Vagrancy, and Barn Arts Collective. You can find his plays on the New Play Exchange.

His play On Every Link a Heart Does Dangle; or, Owed is currently being developed via the Apothetae and Lark Fellowship, which includes a $10,000 production grant for a theater willing to produce it, and received a BareBones workshop at The Lark this past spring. The play has also been developed at the University of Minnesota, The Playwrights’ Center, and the Kennedy Center.

He is currently working on a new play at the Orchard Project as the inaugural Reg E. Cathey Fellow. Tracking the lingering effects of the two Gulf Wars on two generations of a family in the Upper Midwest, The Hard Price, is an exploration of the lives of people on the frontlines of the wars the Bush Family gave us and an exploration of how they pick up the pieces in a radical reimagining of Aeschylus’ The Oresteia.

He has collaborated with actor, director, Army veteran, and De-Cruit Founder Stephan Wolfert on numerous projects. These include acting in and working as a dramaturg on Wolfert’s adaptation of Richard III; and, as a writer on Red, Black & Blue, about the experiences and exploits of African-Americans in the U.S. Military. He is also working on a commission, Over Before We Get There, a play based on the short stories of Vietnam veteran Nick Corea.

Tim is a regular volunteer at the 52nd Street Project which works with the kids of the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood to introduce them to theater and art in general and just the amazing power of their imaginations. For them he has written nearly a dozen short plays, including This Land is MY LandUprootedHeadwinds on the Hudson and Men of Science!!

Tim studied with Paula Vogel while a resident of Providence, RI, and is a graduate of the MFA Playwriting Program at the University of California, San Diego.

Dying to do one of my plays? Have a coffee? Or a beer? Or maybe you want to get crazy and have both coffee and beer? Here’s how to get in touch…


Tim J. Lord
email: timjlord [dot] playwright [at] gmail [dot] com

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Tim’s plays are on the New Play Exchange

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  1. i just saw “we declare you a terrorist”. it was quite an intense play and one of the better things that i have seen in long time.
    i had a discussion with some people and one of thoughts battered around was,
    “was the writer dead or alive in the last scene?”
    not knowing what he had signed i assumed that maybe he admitted to being a terrorist and had been executed followed by the scene with the young girl who is dead.
    this is puzzling to me so i would love to know what the writer meant it to be.
    hoping to hear from you.
    ruth burkhoff

  2. “we declare you a terrorist” is one of the best plays i have seen in a long time. we were commenting after the show about one aspect which brought controversy,
    my take on the ending of the show was that after he signe the paper that he was not allowed to read he was executed because the last scene he was communiicaring with the young girl who was dead. i maintained that he was dead while others thought he was still alive.
    Could you clear this up for us?
    thank you,
    ruth burkhoff

    looking forward to seeing other plays by tim lord.

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