Zut Suit Riot

Hi, I'm Natalie Zutter! I'm a playwright, entertainment blogger, and aspiring comic book writer living in New York City. Since graduating from NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study, I'm trying to figure out how to apply that same interdisciplinary format to my post-college life in the arts world.

I've had several productions through NYU; check out my resumé and photos/video of my plays above.

I'm the Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Comics, YA, Romance, and Children's Editor at Bookish. Previously, my writing has appeared on Crushable, Tor.com, BlackBook, Ology, and AFK On Air.

I'm also the co-creator of the webcomic Leftovers, about a ragtag food truck helping survivors of the zombie apocalypse.
Recent Tweets @
Posts I Like
Who I Follow
Posts tagged "playwriting"

Inspired by this site:

In 2014, I am building…

My body of work as a playwright.

This building—my body of work—will include a few very helpful offerings for the world, including…

  • a full-length play about Internet fandom, then and now
  • short plays tackling issues of sex, dating, and identity in variously real or fantastical ways

In order to build what I want to build, I’ll need to release/remove a few things from my world, including…

  • my compulsion to always say “yes” (sometimes to please) to social engagements
  • excuses about not being “ready” or “in the right headspace” to write
  • hours spent mindlessly on the Internet

Because what I really want to be known for is…

Searching, truthful, original work.

When things start to feel overwhelming, I will keep it simple by reminding myself that my job is simply to…

Write in a different way and engage with other pop culture commenters and artists—but it doesn’t swallow up all of my time, energy, and creative output.

And by this time next year, I will be so proud to have completed one big thing, which is…

A portfolio to submit to residencies!

And that is my plan for 2014.


Otherwise you’ll render my play-in-progress Girl Crush obsolete.


Take THAT, Tisch Playwriting Practicum professor.

…I’ve updated two of the pages you see on that sidebar at right:

  • Playwriting: Now you can access not only my resumé, but also descriptions of each of the shows I’ve had produced thus far. I’m tempted to include summaries for the full-lengths I want to finish, but I have this irrational fear of sharing ideas when I haven’t written the entire thing yet. (Theft/copyright, etc.)
  • Photos + Video: Shots from most of the shows I’ve had staged. Most are unfortunately grainy since they were taken on smart phones, but they still get the general sense across.

I feel like an actual adult now.

  • Set up a Flickr account to get all the photos from my plays in one place.
  • Update my Playwriting page (right now my resume) with more info about each show I’ve had readings and/or productions for.
  • Find an artist for an upcoming comics anthology.
  • Actually finish some full-length plays—being part of True False Theatre’s The Polygraph Tests residency has me aching to get more work completed and out there!
  • Convert a play script to a comics script, since it’s better served as a graphic novel.

My play Drinks/The Sincerest Form was selected as one of the three plays that True False Theatre will develop for their 2011-2012 The Polygraph Tests Residency! That means for the month of January I’ll be hard at work with collaborators on making Drinks better—tightening the plot, plumbing the depths of Reggie and Noah’s relationship, adjusting the rhythm, and other changes I don’t even know about yet.

I am so thrilled to be one of the Playwrights-in-Residence and to have the support of TFT to develop my work. We’ll have two public readings—one on January 21, then we’ll get another week to work on the plays and conclude with a second reading on January 28.

I’m also a collaborator in The Lucrece Project's Prometheus Mediated project, which uses the Greek Prometheus myth as the content and the works of media literacy scholar Marshall McLuhan as the context. That’ll be going up in late April.

!! I’m so excited for both of these projects.

Early this morning I had a nightmare/anxiety dream that I had gotten one of my plays selected for the New York Fringe Festival—and it was about The Real Housewives of New Jersey, no less. We were at opening night and I realized, to my horror, that I hadn’t ever given the actors full drafts of the scripts; they only had unfinished scripts. I had no time to print out enough copies for them to take on-stage, so I had to call off the show.

I’m sure that this is a clear metaphor for my fears about my creativity, so psychoanalyze away. But also, someone please shoot me in the face if I ever try to present a play on the Real Housewives. I know that my plays use pop-culture references like Twitter and Leonard Nimoy, but that’s ridiculous.