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ISPA Award Recipient - Taylor Mac

ISPA Award Recipient

Louise Mitchell

Taylor Mac

2018 Distinguished Artist Award Recipient


Taylor Mac (who uses “judy”, lowercase sic, not as a name but as a gender pronoun) is a playwright, actor, singer-songwriter, and performance artist. Mac’s work has been performed at Lincoln Center, Celebrate Brooklyn, London’s Hackney Empire (with the LIFT Festival), LA’s Royce Hall, San Francisco’s Curran Theater, Magic Theater and MOMA, the Sydney Opera House, Minneapolis’s Guthrie Theater, Chicago’s MCA and Steppenwolf Theater, Stockholm’s Sodra Teatern, the Spoleto Festival, and literally hundreds of other theatres, museums, music halls, opera houses, and festivals around the globe. 

Mac is the author of seventeen full-length plays and performance pieces. Most recently: Hir at Playwrights Horizons and upcoming with judy’s first all-ages play, The Fre, at the Children’s Theater Company in Minneapolis. Recent acting roles include Shen Teh/ Shui Ta in The Foundry Theater’s production of Good Person of Szechwan at La Mama and the Public Theater, Puck/Egeus in the Classic Stage Company’s A Midsummer Night's Dream, and in a vaudeville entitled, The Last Two People On Earth, which judy created with Mandy Patinkin, director Susan Stroman, and Paul Ford. 

Mac is the recipient of a Guggenheim Award, The Doris Duke Award, The Herb Alpert Award in Theater, the Peter Zeisler Memorial Award, the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award, an Obie Award (for The Lily’s Revenge), and an Ethyl Eichelberger Award. Mac and collaborator/music director/ arranger Matt Ray were awarded an Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History for A 24-Decade History of Popular Music. Mac is currently the resident playwright at the Here Arts Center and is a New Dramatists alum. In 2017, Mac was named a MacArthur Fellow.

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