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— had a workshop production May 27 - June 4 at the Central Square Theater. Her recent play Daybreak will have an off-Broadway production in April 2018 by Pan Asian Repertory Theatre; it was previously produced by Boston Playwrights' Theatre (2012, under its earlier title, Deported) and Tufts University (2015). Other produced plays include The Oil Thief and A Girl's War. Her work has been developed, commissioned, and produced by Boston Playwrights' Theatre, New Repertory Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Golden Thread Productions, and The Poets' Theatre, among others. A MacDowell Colony Fellow and Huntington Playwriting Fellow, Van Dykes other awards include Boston's Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding New Script and the John Gassner Playwriting Award.


  • PhD University of Virginia