Taylor Mac at HERE Arts Center

Playwright

Taylor Mac (who uses “judy”—lowercase sic—as a gender pronoun) is the author of seventeen works of theater including: Gary:  A Sequel to Titus AndronicusA 24-Decade History of Popular Music (judy’s 24-hour work)Hir, The Walk Across America for Mother EarthThe Lily's RevengeThe Young Ladies OfRed Tide Blooming, and The Be(A)st of Taylor Mac. Mac is a MacArthur Fellow, a Tony nominated playwright, a Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Drama, and the recipient of the Kennedy Prize, two Australian Helpmann Awards, a NY Drama Critics Circle Award, a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a Guggenheim, the Herb Alpert Award, the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award, two Bessies, two Obies, and an Ethyl Eichelberger Award. An alumnus of new Dramatists, judy is currently the resident playwright at the Here Arts Center.

Theatre

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.

Residency Activity

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). 

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

More from the Residency

taylor mac in costume on stage
A Conversation with Taylor Mac
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A Conversation with Taylor Mac

at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts

Sunday 15 September 2019
Worcester, Massachusetts

Arts Transcending Borders at the College of the Holy Cross presented “A Conversation with Taylor Mac,” moderated by Scott Malia, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Theatre and Dance, livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network on Sunday 15 September 2019 at 5 p.m. EDT (New York) / 4 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 2 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles). 

Creating Work and Artistic Homes
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Creating Work and Artistic Homes

Friday 26 January 2018

HowlRound at Emerson College in Boston presented a conversation with performance artist Taylor Mac, HERE Arts Center Artistic Director Kristin Marting, and designer Machine Dazzle livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 26 January 2018 at 4:30 p.m. EST (Boston) / 3:30 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 1:30 p.m. PST (San Francisco) / 21:30 GMT (London, UTC +0). 

A Blueprint for Risk-Taking
Essay

A Blueprint for Risk-Taking

8 March 2018

Artistic Director Kristin Marting discusses how developmental programs can better meet the needs of artists and shares best practices from HERE’s multi-year artist residency program in New York City.

The Art in the Room
Essay

The Art in the Room

P Carl Talks with Taylor Mac

24 September 2017

P Carl talks with Taylor Mac about drag, aesthetics, gender, performance, and politics.

A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights
Essay

A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights

Taylor Mac

5 October 2016

Todd London writes about playwright and performer Taylor Mac, and looks forward to A 24-Decade History of Popular Music.

Playwright Residency
Essay

Playwright Residency

Why Taylor Mac? Why HERE Arts Center?

10 August 2016

Kristin Marting, Artistic Director of HERE in New York City and playwright-in-residence Taylor Mac discuss their participation in the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s National Playwright Residency Program.

Friday Phone Call # 4
Podcast

Friday Phone Call # 4

Taylor Mac

20 January 2012

David Dower talks to performance artist, playwright, and composer Taylor Mac on this week's edition of Friday Phone Call.

Several actors stand and pose wearing colorful tutus, wigs, and makeup as an audience watches.
A Culture of Trust
Essay

A Culture of Trust

22 September 2011

Taylor Mac discusses actor professionalism, and trusting rather than auditioning them.