Joyce Van Dyke, PhD

Lecturer in Extension, Harvard University
Joyce Van Dyke is a playwright and a lecturer at Harvard Extension. She has a PhD from the University of Virginia and an MA in playwriting from Boston University. She has published articles in academic journals on Shakespeare and other topics and is a recipient of the Harvard Extension School's Petra T. Shattuck Excellence in Teaching Prize. Her newest play, Representation and How To Get It, a one-woman play about suffragist Julia Ward Howe, will be produced as a video in spring 2021 and will stream online (dates TBA). Recent plays include The Women Who Mapped The Stars about five women astronomers at Harvard College Observatory, commissioned by Central Square Theater, where it received its world premiere in 2018 and is currently being adapted for school performances. Daybreak premiered in a 2018 off-Broadway production by Pan Asian Repertory Theatre. Other produced plays include The Oil Thief (Boston Playwrights' Theatre) and A Girl's War (New Repertory Theatre, Boston Playwrights' Theatre, and Golden Thread Productions). A MacDowell Colony Fellow and Huntington Playwriting Fellow, Van Dyke's other awards include the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding New Script, the John Gassner Playwriting Award and the Boston Globe's "Top Ten" plays of the year.


  • PhD University of Virginia