2013 FEATURED ARTISTS

Erik Ehn  |  Ruth Margraff  |  Kate Snodgrass  |  Mac Wellman



Erik Ehn


Work includes The Saint Plays, No Time Like the Present, Wolf at the Door, Tailings, Beginner, and Ideas of Good and Evil. TheSoulographie project, recently premiered at La MaMa in NY (November 2012) is a series of 17 plays written over 20 years, on the history of the US in the 20th Century from the point of view of its genocides (scripts include Maria Kizito, Heavenly Shades of Night are Falling, Yermedea, Drunk Still Drinking). His works have been produced in San Francisco (Intersection, Thick Description, Yugen), Seattle (Annex, Empty Space), Austin (Frontera), New York (BACA, Whitney Museum), San Diego (Sledgehammer), Chicago (Red Moon), Atlanta (7 Stages), Los Angeles (Cal Rep, Museum of Jurassic Technology), Belgrade (Dah); elsewhere. He has taught at the U of Iowa, Naropa, UC San Diego, UT Dallas, and Cal Arts (graduate); U San Francisco, SF State, Santa Clara, and Skidmore (undergrad); he just completed a writing workshop with the Belarus Free Theater in Minsk.


He conducts annual trips to Rwanda/Uganda, taking students and professionals in the field to study the history of these countries, and to explore the ways art is participating in recovery from violence. He produces the Arts in the One World conference yearly, which engages themes of art and social change. Artistic Associate, Theatre of Yugen. Graduate of New Dramatists. Former Dean of the CalArts School of Theater. Current Director of Writing for Performance, Brown University.


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Ruth Margraff


Ruth Margraff has written five martial arts operas with Fred Ho for BAM’s Next Wave Festival, Guggenheim Museum, Japan Society, the Apollo, La Mama, and a CAMI-produced tour of Performing Art Centers nationwide. She has toured with her Café Antarsia Ensemble and other plays throughout the US, UK, Canada, Western and Eastern Europe, Russia, India, Japan, Azerbaijan and Egypt. In Chicago, Ruth’s ANGER/FLY opened to critical acclaim at Trap Door in 2012; her STADIUM DEVILDARE is running now at Red Tape and THREE GRACES will open at Pivot Arts Festival this June with other work at World Music Festival/Navy Pier, Chicago Cultural Institute, Viaduct, Silk Road, Chopin, Prop, Martyr’s, Uncommon Ground, etc.


Ruth has received awards from the Rockefeller, McKnight, Jerome, Fulbright foundations, Arts International, TMUNY, NEA/TCG, LPTW, NYSCA, Illinois Arts Council and her first book of plays is available from No Passport Press. She’s taught playwriting at Yale, Brown, UTexas/Michener, and will spend her sabbatical from the Art Institute of Chicago writing in France, Serbia, Greece, Turkey and Austria. Ruth is an alumnae of New Dramatists and member of Theater Without Borders. www.RuthMargraff.com


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Kate Snodgrass


KATE SNODGRASS is the Artistic Director of both the Elliot Norton Award-winning Boston Theater Marathon and Boston Playwrights' Theatre, the “Home of New Plays in Boston.” The author of the Actors’ Theatre of Louisville’s Heideman Award-winning play Haiku, her plays have been anthologized, translated, and performed all over the world. Among other awards, her work has been recognized with two IRNE Awards for “Best New Play” and a Steinberg Award nomination from the American Theatre Critics Association. She is Professor of the Practice of Playwriting in the Boston University Graduate School and is a member of A.E.A., A.F.T.R.A., and the Dramatists' Guild. Her numerous teaching credits include Boston College, Wellesley College, American Repertory Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard, Brandeis, Lesley and Suffolk Universities, and M.I.T.


Acknowledged by Boston’s StageSource in 2001 as a “Theatre Hero,” Kate is a former National Chair of Playwriting at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival; she received the KCACTF’s inaugural Milan Stitt Award as an outstanding teacher of playwriting. Awarded Boston's Elliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence in 2012, Kate is a Playwriting Fellow with the Huntington Theatre Company.


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Mac Wellman


MAC WELLMAN’s recent work includes 3 2’s; or AFAR at Dixon Place in October 2011, The Difficulty of Crossing a Field (with composer David Lang) at Montclair in the fall of 2006 (and elsewhere more recently), and 1965 UU for performer Paul Lazar, and directed by Stephen Mellor at the Chocolate Factory in the fall of 2008. He has received numerous honors, including NEA, Guggenheim, and Foundation of Contemporary Arts fellowships. In 2003 he received his third Obie, for lifetime Achievement. In 2006 his third novel, Q’s Q, was published by Green Integer, and in 2008 a volume of stories, A Chronicle of the Madness of Small Worlds, was published by Trip Street Press as well as a new collection of plays The Difficulty of Crossing a Field from Minnesota Press. His books of poetry include Miniature (2002), Strange Elegies (2006) both from Roof Books, and Left Glove, just out from Solid Objects Press. He is Distinguished Professor of Play Writing at Brooklyn College.






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