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Abby Koenig ’02

Garbage Island, premiere in Houston, TX

Abby Koenig has been getting a lot of writing done since graduating from Purchase’s Dramatic Writing program in 2002. She is a professor of Communication Studies at the University of Houston - Downtown and is currently working towards a PhD in Technical Communication and Rhetoric from Texas Tech University, but all the while has succeeded at getting her work produced throughout the years. In 2017 her show sketch show for 2-6 year-olds, Garbage Island. Garbage Island, premiered in Houston, TX in  2017 to a sold out audience.

Years before her endeavor in children’s comedic theater, Horse Head Theatre Co. produced her play, Spaghetti Code, in 2014. The production received rave reviews and a multitude of press. Writing for the Houston Press, critic Barrett White says: From the get-go, the play feels natural and overall believable. The writing has a flowing progression and yet as entertaining and hysterical as the script is, you’re not forced into suspension of disbelief. Never before have I found an abortion joke so believable and endearing. In January 2015, the play was awarded Broadway World Houston’s Annual “Best New Play” 2014, and was a finalist for “Best New Play” Houston Press Theater Awards 2015.

Since graduating from Purchase Abby has persistently written and produced projects that have reached great acclaim.