Wilkes University

Bonnie Culver

Bonnie CulverBonnie Culver
Program Director

Bonnie Culver is the Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Wilkes University co-founder and a screenwriter, playwright, and novelist. Bonnie Culver's twenty-plus plays have been produced from NY to LA by colleges, regional theatres, and equity companies. Her professionally produced plays include: Lifelines, Group S.O.S. (male and female versions), Accident, and Sniper. In 2004, Sniper won the New Jersey Arts Council Perry Award for Excellence in the Production of an Original Play and was produced Off-Broadway at Center Stage, NYC, in 2005. In 2006, Sniper was included in the Florida Studio Theatre's Richard and Betty Burdick National Playwriting Reading series, an annual event that showcases "the best in American contemporary theatre." Her screenplays Sniper, Group S.O.S., and Watchfires were Sundance Film Development Program finalists. Marlee Matlin's film company, Solo One Productions optioned her film Rainbow Man. The 2011 Villagers Playhouse production of Sniper was nominated for seven NJ Perry Awards.  Her short plays "Cell" and "GPS" were produced in a festival of one-acts at The Venue, Norfolk, VA and her play "Auto-mated" was produced on the Virginia Eastern Shore and her essay "The Moon on the River" was included in an anthology of music, poetry, memoir, and essays, Written on Water: Writings About the Alleghany River (Mayapple Press). Group S.O.S., (male and female cast versions) and interviews with the directors who first produced the plays is available at Havescripts.com.  In 2015, her play GPS directed by faculty member Gregory Fletcher won the Piney Fork Short Play Festival, NYC, as "best play of the festival." Dr. Culver received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Binghamton University. At Wilkes, she is an associate professor of English, a former college dean, and co-founder/director of the Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, past president of the James Jones Society, and an advisory board member of the Norman Mailer Society and Etruscan Press. Currently, she serves as vice-chair of the Board of Trustees of AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) after serving two years as the chair. Her new play Norris: A Ticket to the Circus was performed by actress K.C. Leiber as part of the January 2017 residency. Sniper will be published by Blue Moon Press this summer.