Jaclyn Backhaus


Jaclyn Backhaus is a cofounder of Fresh Ground Pepper. She is a playwright of Punjabi, German, and desert botanical descent. Her plays include MEN ON BOATS (New York Times Critics’ Pick, Clubbed Thumb, Playwrights Horizons, published by Dramatists Play Service), INDIA PALE ALE (Manhattan Theatre Club, recipient of the 2018 Horton Foote Prize for Promising New American Play), YOU ACROSS FROM ME (co-written with 3 other writers for the Humana Festival), FOLK WANDERING (book writer and co-lyricist with 11 composers, Pipeline Theatre Company), and YOU ON THE MOORS NOW (Theater Reconstruction Ensemble, The Hypocrites in Chicago, published by DPS), among others. She was the 2016 Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence at Clubbed Thumb and she is currently in residence at Lincoln Center. Backhaus holds a BFA in Drama from NYU Tisch, where she now teaches. She resides in Ridgewood, Queens with her husband, fellow FGP Co-Founder Andrew Scoville and their son Ernie, who is also an FGP Co-Founder (jk).