Jill Rafson Biography

Jill Rafson, A&S 2003

Jill Rafson is the Director of New Play Development for Roundabout Theatre Company, the country’s largest not-for-profit theatre, where she also serves as Associate Producer for the lauded Roundabout Underground for emerging artists. Plays developed with Roundabout include Stephen Karam’s Speech & Debate, Sons of the Prophet (Pulitzer Finalist), and The Humans (opening on Broadway in February 2016); Joshua Harmon’s Bad Jews and Significant Other; Adam Gwon’s Ordinary Days; Kim Rosenstock’s Tigers Be Still; Jeff Augustin’s Little Children Dream of God; Lindsey Ferrentino’s Ugly Lies the Bone; and many more. Jill has worked with The Broadway League, New York City Center, Local Theater Company, and ART/NY and has been a Dramaturg and member of the Artistic Council for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference. Jill has been a Dramaturg for CollaborationTown, The Playwrights’ Center, Fault Line Theatre, the Broadway-bound Beaches: The Musical, Lisa Lampanelli’s Fat Girls, Interrupted, and for the Flea Theatre’s acclaimed 48-playwright epic reimagining of the Bible, The Mysteries. She has lectured for the Commercial Theatre Institute and Explore New York, was a nominator for Off-Broadway’s Lucille Lortel Awards, was a member of NYFA’s Emerging Arts Leaders program, and is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University.