Born and raised in California’s Central Valley, A. Zell Williams writes to get people talking about the way they live their lives and question their beliefs. Zell’s passion for sparking dialogues has won him numerous awards including the Terrence McNally Award, David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize, NYU’s Rita & Burton Goldberg Playwriting Prize, and the Barrymore Award for Best New Play (Down Past Passyunk.) His scripts have been produced and developed internationally by the Public Theater, the Royal Court, InterAct Theatre, Victory Gardens, Marin Theatre, and other venues.
Zell holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Santa Clara University and earned an MFA in Dramatic Writing under instructors such as Suzan-Lori Parks and Charlie Rubin. He has served as a National New Play Network Playwright-in-Residence at Philadelphia's InterAct Theatre Company, the Tow Foundation’s Emerging Playwright-in-Residence at the Public Theater, a member of The Civilians' R&D Group and Ars Nova’s Play Group, and is currently a Resident Playwright with New Dramatists and has written for the long-running series, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.