I AM THEATRE: Marcus Gardley

April 27, 2012

Marcus Gardley

Poet-Playwright

Marcus Gardley is a poet-playwright whose most recent play every tongue confess premiered at Arena Stage starring Phylicia Rashad and directed by Kenny Leon. It was nominated for the Steinberg New Play Award and the Charles MacArthur Award for outstanding new play. His musical, On the Levee premiered last summer at Lincoln Center and was nominated for 11 Audelco Awards including outstanding playwright. Last Spring, his play And Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi was produced at the Cutting Ball Theater and received the SF Bay Area Theater Critics circle Award nomination for outstanding new play. He has had six plays produced including: Dance of the Holy Ghost at Yale Repertory Theatre (now under a Broadway option,) (L)imitations of Life, at the Empty Space and Like Sun Fallin' in the Mouth at the National Black Theatre Festival. He is the recipient of the Hellen Merrill Award, a Kellsering Honoree, the Gerbode Emerging Playwright Award, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre Award, the Eugene O’Neill Memorial Scholarship, and the ASCAP Cole Porter Prize. He holds an MFA in Playwriting from the Yale Drama School and is a member of New Dramatists, The Dramatists Guild and the Lark Play Development Center.

Marcus Gardley is a resident playwright at New Dramatists.

About The Project:

I AM THEATRE captures pivotal moments in the lives of theatre-makers in an online video series. Beginning on July 14, 2011 and continuing each week for the next 50 weeks, this project will raise awareness for the theatre field and champion the diverse group of people who are creating, supporting, and engaging with theatre. But 50 videos can not tell the whole story. YOU ARE THEATRE: You are stage managers, artistic and executive directors, playwrights, production managers, actors, designers, fundraising and communications staff, education leaders, funders, audience members and more. WE ARE THEATRE: Today, not-for-profit professional theatres in the U.S. employ 130,000 people annually, inspire more than 30 million attendees and contribute $2 billion directly to the U.S. economy. What if thousands of theatre artists across the world posted their own video testimonies of why they do what they do and why theatre matters? How might that transform communities' awareness of our work?

Click here to learn how to participate and submit your very own video to the project.

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TCG has graciously allowed New Dramatists to re-post videos related to our current resident playwrights, alumni and family of collaborators.

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