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Phoebe Eaton is an award-winning playwright-screenwriter-investigative journalist. A 2019 Writers Guild East MINY Writers Room finalist, she was also a 2018 Imagine [Entertainment] Content Accelerator program finalist (top 1% of 4000) and is a past winner of the Scriptapalooza TV-writing prize. Her scripts have been developed at Naked Angels, the Dramatists Guild, the Kennedy Center, and via the Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Unit—where she is a member. Her film/theater work considers complex issues involving sex workers; queer/transgender individuals; the mentally ill; PTSD vets; immigrants; women; blacks; Muslim identity; crime; the #MeToo movement; and the soullessness/hypocrisies of big business/government. A 2017 Helene Wurlitzer Foundation playwright fellow, she was a 2017-2018 Woodward/Newman Drama Award finalist with her play WOMAN DESCENDING A STAIRCASE (excerpted in Smith & Kraus’s The Best Women’s Stage Monologues 2019). Her A FIELD GUIDE TO THE AMAZON spurred by reporting for Vanity Fair on Harvey and Bob Weinstein, was a 2018-19 ScreenCraft Stage Play finalist.

She has been a contributing feature writer to the New York Times Magazine, New York magazine, Vanity Fair, the New York Observer, Harper’s Bazaar, and The Daily Beast, among others. Her magazine stories tend to fables of power and its attainment, with an emphasis on crime, politics, and business. Eaton has sat ringside at mafia prosecutions and more recently, at the trial of extradited Sinaloa Cartel boss Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, interviewing his family at his hometown hideout deep in the Sierra Madre (Kindle Single series “In the Thrall of the Mountain King” excerpted in the New York Post 2/3/19). 2017 New York Press Club Journalism Award for cartel reporting in Mexico. 2019 2Lives Foundation Global Journalism Hostile Environments Scholarship for cartel reporting in Sinaloa state. University of Chicago, B.A. English, 2003 U.S.-Japan Foundation media fellow (interviewed Tokyo yakuza), Dramatists Guild member, PEN Prison Writing Program mentor, Rikers Island Correctional Facility/Youthful Offender playwriting volunteer, National Association Hispanic Journalists. For Eaton ad nauseam, there’s always her flash website www.phoebeeaton.com.

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