Taylor Mac

Taylor Mac

Taylor Mac (who uses “judy," lowercase sic, not as a name but as a gender pronoun) is a playwright, actor, singer-songwriter, performance artist, director, and producer. Judy’s work has been performed at New York City’s Lincoln Center, The Public Theatre, Celebrate Brooklyn, and Playwrights Horizons as well as the Sydney Opera House, American Repertory Theatre, San Francisco’s Magic Theater and Curran Theater, Stockholm’s Sodra Theatern, and literally hundreds of other theaters, museums, music halls, opera houses, and festivals around the globe.  

Mac is the author of seventeen full-length plays and performance pieces including Hir (placed on the top ten theater of 2015 lists of The New York Times, New York Magazine, and Time Out NY; published by North Western University Press and in American Theater Magazine), The Lily’s Revenge (Obie Award), The Walk Across America for Mother Earth (named One of the Best Plays of 2011 by The New York Times), The Young Ladies Of (Chicago’s Jeff Award nomination for best solo), Red Tide Blooming (Ethyl Eichelberger Award), The Be(a)st of Taylor Mac (Edinburgh Festival’s Herald Angel Award) and in collaboration with Mandy Patinkin, Susan Stroman and Paul Ford, Mac created The Last Two People On Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville, which judy is performing/touring with Mr. Patinkin. For the last four years Mac has been in performance/development with A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, a 24-hour performance art concert, consisting of 246 songs, about building alternative communities under dire circumstances throughout American history. The work will be performed in its entirety, with an ensemble of over 200, on October 8th-9th, 2016, in New York.  

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 (for which judy received Lucille Lortel and Drama League Award nominations), Puck/Egeus in the Classic Stage Company’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream, and the title role in various productions of judy’s play, The Lily’s Revenge.  

Mac is the recipient of a Herb Alpert Award in Theater, the Peter Zeisler Memorial Award, the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award, three Sundance Theater Lab residencies, three Map Grants, The Creative Capital Grant, an Edward Albee Foundation Residency, the Ethyl Eichelberger Award, and a Peter S. Reed Grant. Mac is an alumnus of both the HERE Arts Center Resident Artists program and New Dramatists and is currently a New York Theater Workshop Usual Suspect.

HERE Arts Center

From our home in Lower Manhattan, HERE builds a community that nurtures career artists as they create innovative hybrid live performance in theatre, dance, music, puppetry, media, and visual art. For more than 20 years, HERE has come to occupy a unique and essential place in the landscape of downtown theatre, and to be known as a destination for audiences who are passionate about groundbreaking contemporary work and the creative process behind it. Our signature program, the HERE Artist Residency Program, supports the singular vision of our Resident Artists through commissions, long-term development, and a quality production, all of which will strengthen their careers for the long-term. To complement and support the work of our Resident Artists, HERE annually presents one or two national and international companies with similar artistic goals in order to promote relationships among artists and foster artistic cross-fertilization.

  • How has this residency changed the theatre, and how has this residency changed the playwright? — March 2018