Nebraska Authors

Christopher Cartmill

Born 1962 Wellington, KS (USA)

Cartmill is a distinguished American playwright. Home Land, Testimony, and Nebraska Dispatches grew out of a commission from the Lied Center for Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Cartmill frequently returns to Lincoln to help high school students produce his plays. Lincoln Southeast High School won the State One Act Festival in 2001 using his theatrical adaptation of Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. As an actor, he appeared in the 2012 film Lincoln with Daniel Day-Lewis, directed by Steven Spielberg.

Cartmill has said that his favorite author is Charles Dickens and his favorite playwright is Tom Stoppard. He speaks French and Chinese, has studied in Taiwan and traveled extensively in China.

Cartmill currently teaches at Rutgers University.


Places Lived

Wellington, KS
Lincoln, NE
Lexington, VA
Charlottesville, VA
Chicago, IL
New York, NY
New Brunswick, NJ

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Play/Screenplay
  • Poetry


Drama; Reviews; Poetry; Children's Literature; Performance Art


High School Diploma, 1980, Southeast High School, Lincoln, NE
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chinese and East Asian Studies, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA
Master of Fine Arts Degree, 1987, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Graduate Studies in Chinese, Fu Ren University in Taipei, REPUBLIC OF CHINA


Film Maker

Places Worked

Taught at New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York, NY
Teaches at Rutger's University, Mason Gross School of the Arts, New Brunswick, NJ


Light in Love opened the Wagon Train Project's first annual 'Great Plains in Performance Festival' in August 1994 It also received the Jeff Citation for Outstanding New Work, 1992-93 and the Society of Midland Author's Award for Drama.
Incorruptible--or the Life, Death and Dreams of Maximillian Robespierre, his first play, won Cartmill Chicago's Joseph Jefferson Citation for Outstanding New Work, 1990.
La Chasse won the Los Angeles Drama Logue Award for a New Play.
Romeo's Dream won the Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays.
Light in the Heart of the Dragon was nominated for a Jeff Award and won the John Schmitt Award for Outstanding New Work.
2009 Flournoy Playwright at Washington and Lee University


Bailiwick Theatre, Chicago
Equity Company
Wagon Train Project


Light in Love. 1992. (play)
Laws. 1993.
La Chasse. 1994. (play)
The Way Home. 1995. (play)
Light on the Golden Slipper. 1997. (play)
Light on the Golden Slipper. 1997. (play)
The Feast of Alexander. (play)
Home Land. 2009. (play)
Testimony. (play)
Nebraska Dispatches. (journal and one-man show)
The Haunted Man. (play)
Incorruptible. (play)
The Light Before Darkness. (play)
Lights of London. (play)

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