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Naomi Iizuka (playwriting) is the author of numerous plays including 36 Views; Polaroid Stories; Anon(ymous); Language of Angels; Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls; Tattoo Girl; At the Vanishing Point; and Skin. Her plays have been produced by Berkeley Rep, the Goodman, the Guthrie, Cornerstone, Children’s Theater Company, the Kennedy Center, the Huntington Theater, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Portland Center Stage, the Public Theatre, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Soho Rep. Iizuka is an alumna of New Dramatists and the recipient of a PEN/Laura Pels Award, an Alpert Award, a Joyce Foundation Award, a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Stavis Award from the National Theatre Conference, a PEN Center USA West Award for Drama, and Princeton University’s Hodder Fellowship. Her play Good Kids was the first play commissioned by the Big Ten Consortium and was produced at six of the Big Ten schools this past season. Her newest play, The Last Firefly, was workshopped at the Kennedy Center's New Visions/New Voices and premiered this season at the Children's Theatre Company of Minneapolis. She is currently working on commissions from South Coast Rep and the McCarter Theatre. Iizuka heads the MFA playwriting program at the University of California, San Diego.