Justice Hehir is an unabashed New Jersey native, living in the Garden State and working in NYC. She is a member of Colt Coeur as well as the 2020 Clubbed Thumb Early Career Writers’ Group. freeplay, her play about dildos and women in engineering, is under development through an EST/Sloan Project commission. She is the recipient of a 2020 Stage Exchange Commission from George Street Playhouse, developing a play for high school students about consent and sexual assault.
She graduated from Hunter College in May 2018 with an MFA in Playwriting, under the tutelage of Annie Baker and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, and from Rutgers University in 2016 with a BA in Women’s and Gender Studies and English. Her thesis play, fury, or the frat play (directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt) was awarded the Rita and Burton Goldberg Playwriting Prize. Her play, Night Creatures, will receive its world premiere in Jackalope Theater’s 2019/2020 season (Chicago, directed by Gus Menary).
She is an animal rescuer, a vegan, a feminist, and a postpartum doula, in case being a playwright wasn’t “fun” and “different” enough for typical dinner party conversation. Her work tends to center around bodies and their capacity for pleasure and pain, the valleys and fissures between who we say we are and who we know ourselves to be.