BONNIE METZGAR is a playwright, director, dramaturg and producer who specializes in creating socially-provocative theater works across the US. From 2008-2013, Metzgar served as Artistic Director of About Face Theatre in Chicago, the largest theater in the US dedicated to advancing the cultural dialogue on sexuality, politics and gender identity. Metzgar received a 2018 MacDowell Colony fellowship, the Carl Djerassi Fellowship in Playwriting at the University of Wisconsin, a 2013 NEA commission and was a recent member of the Goodman Theater’s resident Playwrights Unit. Her plays have been finalists for the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Festival, and selected for the Great Plains Theater Conference in Omaha. Metzgar was co-creator of the landmark international public art project called the 365 Festival-- a yearlong play cycle in 2006-7 based on 365 Days/365 Playswritten by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan Lori Parks. She is currently designing the artistic programs for PIER55, a new public park in the Hudson River with three outdoor venues. Previously, she served as Associate Producer at the Public Theater under George C. Wolfe where she founded Joe’s Pub. Metzgar has taught at Brown, Northwestern, University of Chicago, SUNY Purchase, Purdue, University of Wisconsin, DePaul and enjoys an ongoing relationship with the low-residency MFA program at Hollins University. She received her MFA in Playwriting from the University of Iowa and her BA from Brown. She is a proud member of the founding National Advisory Council for HowlRound.
Here are a collection of essays that have stuck with me—Todd London on Irene Fornés, Michelle Memran on aging, artists and Irene Fornés, SK and Lisa Evans on breaking the binary, Basil K, gender parity in Canada, Larissa FastHorse on casting, decolonization, Seesaw Theatre, and why the Latinx Theatre Commons changed their name to Latinx.