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Walt McGough

Walt McGough is a Boston-based playwright (by way of Pittsburgh and Chicago). In Boston, he has held fellowships with both the Huntington and New Repertory Theatre Companies, and was a finalist for the 2016 Dramatists Guild Lanford Wilson Award. His plays include Pattern of Life, which was named Best New Play by the Independent Reviewers of New England, and The Farm, Priscilla Dreams the Answer, and Paper City Phoenix, all of which received Best New Play IRNE nominations. In 2015, his play Advice for Astronauts was selected as the winner of the Milken Playwriting Prize. He has previously worked on staff at SpeakEasy Stage Company in Boston, as well as Chicago Dramatists, and is a founding ensemble member of Chicago's Sideshow Theatre Company. He holds a BA from the University of Virginia, and an MFA in playwriting from Boston University.

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Enter, If You Dare

How Playwrights Wield Terror and Why

23 July 2017

Allison Raynor and Walt McGough discuss how productions that provoke or play to audiences’ fears offer a shared intense experience, which can be useful to generate understanding and empathy.