Helen Banner

Helen is a playwright, librettist and songwriter and an associate artist at New Georges. She grew up in the British Channel Islands and studied at Cambridge and the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, where she completed an MFA in Dramatic Writing and was awarded the John Golden Playwriting Award. Her work has been developed at New Georges, the Drama League, the O'Neill Theater Center, Fresh Ground Pepper, the Wild Project, Dixon Place, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Lark, the Great Plains Theatre Conference and the Last Frontier Theatre Conference, and she was a participant in the Ingram New Works Lab 2015-16 at Nashville Repertory Theater.

Helen has been a Finalist and/or a Semi-Finalist for the Newman/Woodward Prize, the Leah Ryan FEWW Prize, the Stanley Drama Award, the P73 Playwriting Fellowship and for an Interact 20/20 Commission. Her choral play ICONS/IDOLS, written in collaboration with the composer Grace Oberhofer for the Byzantine Choral Project, was the opening show at the New Ohio’s Ice Factory 2016, and she is currently a member of The Jam, New George’s performance gym for early career women theatre artists. Helen is a co-founder of the Byzantine Choral Project which makes epic theater/music/immersive dance pieces for large and diverse female+ voices: www.byzantinechoralproject.com. Their current project ICONS/IDOLS is a choral play tetralogy about the purple Byzantine empresses.