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, a BA from Stanford, 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, The Women Who Mapped The Stars —about five women astronomers at Harvard College Observatory— was commissioned by Central Square Theater where it received its world premiere in 2018. Her play 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 Dykes other awards include the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding New Script (for The Oil Thief), and the John Gassner Playwriting Award and the Boston Globe's "Top Ten" plays of the year (for A Girl's War).


  • PhD University of Virginia