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2023 AFF Script Competition Second Rouner Laurels
Announcement of 33rd annual Jackie Whit Memorial Playwriting Contest First Place The Glassblower's Daughter
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Quarter Finalist

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Honorable Mention




Zareh Artinian (he/him), M.F.A., Dramatists Guild Member, is an award-winning playwright and published author who has had three shows produced in and around Boston, Mass. Zareh’s most recent work, a two-act musical called The Glassblower’s Daughter (music and lyrics by Kelvyn Koning), was just awarded first place in the 33rd Annual Jackie White Memorial Playwriting Contest and will be produced in the Columbia Entertainment Company’s upcoming 2024 – 2025 season. His script for his current work-in-progress, América Jonze, was named a Second Rounder in the Austin Film Festival 2023 and received an Honorable Mention in the Big Apple Film Festival 2023. He also created an original translation and adaptation of The Canterbury Tales: A Childe’s Tale as a commissioned piece of children’s theatre for the Revels of Watertown, Mass., and wrote the book for Beneath the Skin (music and lyrics by Melissa Carubia), a musical commissioned by Athena Louise Hyacinth Productions to tell the story of a woman dealing with mental illness and the de-stigmatization of asking for help. Zareh has published over a dozen short stories for middle school readers and additional works for the educational marketplace. His work appeals to both children and adults. Zareh has taught various writing and media courses at Emerson College, Sacred Heart University, and Eastern Nazarene College. He has a B.S. from St. Joseph’s College and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Emerson College. An experienced editor, writer, and producer in a variety of media, as well as a consummate professional collaborator, Zareh believes that theatre and the arts have the potential to inspire and create opportunities for dialogue about many important issues we face today.

Also check out Lightning House Players, the theater company dedicated to presenting works of social justice founded by Zareh.

The Glassblower’s Daughter: Ready for YOUR Theater!

Enjoy this promotional video for Lightning House Players’ workshop production of The Glassblower's Daughter. To learn more about how you can stage this exciting, new musical for your own theatre company or school, click here.


From the Blacklist Evaluation of América Jonze

The premise of a young Congresswoman crusading for gun legislation feels very timely and has a lot of potential. Political dramas are a tried and true genre, and this one feels especially fresh and welcoming of a younger audience. Even before the ending with Bowman, América is a complex protagonist. There are the hours she spent shooting with her grandfather even though she abhorred gun[s], and also her knee-jerk desire to out Bowman. These make her seem human and therefore more interesting than if she were just an angelic crusader for a worthy cause. The flashback scenes are disturbing and very effective, and they serve to remind us what America is fighting for at a pivotal point in the script. Vera is an interesting character; having someone who survived the same circumstances but came out feeling very differently from America creates a lot of opportunity for complex, thoughtful conversations and dynamics.

Read the entire script on The Blacklist.



Current / Recent:


América Jonze, screenplay for TV pilot episode (idea by Brian Cirulnick)

Second Rounder Austin Film Festival, Semi-finalist ScreenCraft Virtual Pitch Competition (final results in November), Honorable Mention Finish Line Script Competition, 2023

Todays América, short play, 2023

The Big Brush, short play, 2023

The Christmas Affair of Richard the Third, short play, 2023


Canterbury Tales: A Childe’s Tale, adapted five of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales as a stage play for children

commissioned by The Revels, Watertown, MA, 2021


The Glassblower’s Daughter, or Shattered! An American Fairy Tale, wrote book for original musical (music and lyrics by Kelvyn Koning)

First Place Winner 33rd Annual Jackie White Memorial Playwriting Contest (upcoming production 2024–2025 season), online workshop (2020), live workshop at Regent Theatre, Arlington, MA (2021)


Beneath the Skin, wrote book for original musical (music and lyrics by Melissa Carubia)

commissioned by Louise Hyacinth Productions, 2016



Short Stories (in Odyssey magazine)

“The Mentor” 2011*

“Solo Solar Sailing” 2011

“Mirror World” 2011

“Afterman” 2010*

“The Allowance” 2010*

“Boy Hero Saves Space Elevator” 2009

“The Glassblower’s Daughter” 2008

“Gray Skies Over Utopia” 2008*

“Feeding the Lion” 2007

“Silent Guardians” 2007

“Hidden Mirrors, Hidden Worlds” 2006*

“Fire in His Eyes2006*

“Emily’s Smart New Clothes” 2006*


Pearson K–8 Science, wrote various video scripts, Pearson, 2017

The Atmosphere, Benchmark Educational Publishers (recommended by the National Association of Science Teachers), 2010


“The Carbon Cycle: A New Type of Recycling,” Odyssey magazine, 2009

“Marshmallow Molecules,” Odyssey magazine, 2009


“Edible Glass and Rocks!?” Odyssey magazine, 2008


Classworks Science, digital educational product, Curriculum Advantage, 2007


Virtual Biology Labs, digital educational product, McDougal Littell, 2006


Comprehension Expedition, digital educational product, Harcourt, 2006


What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers, edited by Ann Bernays and Pamela Painter, HarperCollins, contributor, 1990

Book Cover Illustration for Will Aliens Sing showing a young male cyborg studying a piece of paper.

*Seven of my stories from Odyssey magazine were republished in the anthology, Will Aliens Sing? Cover art is from my story, Afterman. Illustration by Ryan Durney.



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