Taylor Mac at HERE Arts Center
Taylor Mac (who uses “judy”—lowercase sic—as a gender pronoun) is the author of Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus (nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Best Play); A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (Pulitzer Prize Finalist and winner of the Kennedy Prize, two Australian Helpmann Awards, a NY Drama Critics Circle Award, an Obie and two Bessie awards); Hir, The Fre, The Walk Across America for Mother Earth, The Lily's Revenge (Obie award), The Young Ladies Of, Red Tide Blooming, and The Be(A)st of Taylor Mac. Mac is a MacArthur Fellow, and the recipient of the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a Guggenheim, the Herb Alpert Award, the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award, and an Ethyl Eichelberger. An alumnus of New Dramatists, judy is currently the resident playwright at the 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.
During Taylor’s residency at the Here Arts Center judy has completely three new plays (Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, which was nominated for seven Tony Awards including Best New Play), The Fre (premiering at the Flea Theater in 2020), and Prosperous Fools (developed at Here and completing judy’s Dionysia on the polarization of America). Currently judy is working on a music theater piece inspired by Plato’s Apology with the working title The Apology (to premiere at Here in 2021).