Willie Filkowski (he/him) is a playwright & theater artist, teacher, quiltmaker, and professional waitress based in Brooklyn.
Full-length plays & performance works include:
— Bev's Tomato, a fast-paced, surreal, screwball comedy about a restaurant with talking furniture that only serves tomatoes
— Big Big Banana Hospice House, a razzle dazzle dark comedy about end-of-life care
— Willie Filkowski Welcomes You to Florida the Sunshine State, an orange juice-marinated solo performance/loveletter to the State of Florida
— Breakfast at Wimbledon (co-written and co-performed with best Judy/accomplice Brita Thorne), a fever dream that imagines the thrill and pageantry of being a ball boy for Serena Williams
— Pussy Willows of America (also with Brita Thorne), a fable about a queer feminist youth scouting camp that excels at teaching consent, but fails at teaching witchcraft
As a teaching artist for 826NYC, he works with students in NYC public schools to encourage the exploration of endless possibility through the power of writing. He's taught and edited several anthologies of creative writing by student authors including Paul Has Left the Crisis; *Ground Shakes Furiously*; No One Can See the Hidden Ocean I've Created; You Might Can't Come Back; Under All the Toughness; Our Duty, Our Obligation, Our Chicken Nuggets.
Willie received a BFA in Interarts Performance from the University of Michigan. He has worked as an accomplice/collaborator to Holly Hughes, Deke Weaver, Tina Satter/Half Straddle, Robert Wilson/The Watermill Center, Gabrielle DeCaro, Corey Smith, Nola Sporn Smith, 826 Chicago, and the Tampa Bay Abortion Fund.
willie dot filkowski at gmail dot com