PHOEBE EATON is an award-winning playwright-screenwriter-investigative long-form feature writer for the New York Times Magazine, New York magazine, Vanity Fair, the New York Observer, Harper’s Bazaar, Men’s Vogue, GQ (UK), and The Daily Beast among many others, her work also appearing in the Guardian, the Saturday Telegraph magazine, the Observer magazine, et al.
A 2019 Writers Guild East MINY Writers Room finalist, a 2018 Imagine [Entertainment] Impact Content Accelerator finalist (top 1% of 4,000), and 2017 Helene Wurlitzer Foundation playwright fellow, she is a 2018-19 ScreenCraft Stage Play Award finalist for her play A FIELD GUIDE TO THE AMAZON. Another full-length, WOMAN DESCENDING A STAIRCASE (excerpted in Smith & Kraus’s THE BEST WOMEN’S STAGE MONOLOGUES 2019), was a 2017-18 Woodward-Newman Drama Award finalist and is short-listed for the 2019 Austin Film Festival Stage play/playwriting Award.
Eaton has sat ringside at mafia-murder prosecutions and at the trial of extradited Sinaloa Cartel boss Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, exclusively interviewing his family in his hometown hideout La Tuna deep in the Sierra Madre mountains as his case was before the court (Kindle Single series “IN THE THRALL OF THE MOUNTAIN KING: THE SECRET HISTORY OF EL CHAPO, THE WORLD’S MOST NOTORIOUS NARCO” excerpted in the New York Post on 2/3/19 and #1 “Organized Crime” Kindle Single its first week out and No. #7 Amazon Hot New Releases/Organized Crime). She is a recipient of a 2019 2Lives Foundation GLOBAL JOURNALISM HOSTILE ENVIRONMENTS SCHOLARSHIP for her cartel reporting in Sinaloa state.
In 2017, she was also the winner of a New York Press Club Journalism Award for her cartel reporting in Guerrero state, Mexico ("CARTEL WATCH: PENITENTES, PEDOPHILES, POETS, MOVIE STARS, SILVERSMITHS, AND DRUG LORDS”/The Daily Beast).
Eaton's theater and film work considers complex issues involving sex workers; the queer/transgender individual; the mentally ill; PTSD war veterans; immigrants; women; blacks; Muslim identity; crime; and the soullessness/hypocrisies of big business and government.
A member of the Actors Studio Playwrights Directors Unit, the Dramatists Guild, and a PEN Prison Writing Program mentor, Eaton is also a past recipient of a Scriptapalooza TV Writing Prize (BREAKING BAD: "RESURRECTION"), for which she drew on sources in the FBI and DEA, rustling up her own meth cook-slash-explosives expert, known to his militia following as "Uncle Fester."
She has taken tea with both Tokyo yakuza and the man cloning the woolly mammoth. Traveled the South of France with high-end call girls. Walked the tequila-bottle-scattered cemeteries of Juárez/Culiacán and also: Cairo’s most tumultuous traffic island, Tahrir Square. Her magazine stories are fables of power and its attainment, her subjects as varied as Harvey and Bob Weinstein, Anthony Weiner, Katie Couric, Ivana and Ivanka Trump (interviewed Donald, too), Karl Lagerfeld, Ralph Lauren, Valentino, L’Wren Scott, Sony’s Tommy Mottola, Nicole Richie, Gwen Stefani, mafia defense attorney Gerry Shargel, screenwriter Joe Eszterhas, shock fashion photographer Terry Richardson, et al. She has appeared on Fox’s Good Day New York, Dateline NBC, Entertainment Tonight, and NY1, among others.
Eaton has traveled extensively (Egypt/Jordan/Lebanon, Israel/the West Bank, pre-détente Cuba, Morocco, Dubai, Russia, India, Nepal, Thailand, Hungary, Seoul, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Sicily, Malta, Mexico, et al.), with experience reporting from the Middle and Far East, Guerrero state/Ciudad Juárez/Sinaloa, also living in Europe (Rome, Paris)/Istanbul and coastal (Muslim) Kenya.
Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive (Gary Garrison/Mark Bly/Marsha Norman). Tina Satter/Half Straddle Writing/Directing Workshop. Readings Dramatists Guild, Kennedy Center, Naked Angels, LAMA.
Japan Society Media fellow (interviewed Tokyo yakuza and police detectives). Authors Guild. PEN. Harvardwood. National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
B.A. English Literature, University of Chicago. Grew up in New York and in the Republic of Ireland.