Rob Handel

Resident Playwright

2008 -- 2015

Rob Handel heads the dramatic writing program at Carnegie Mellon University. He was a founding member of the playwrights’ collective 13P, which won four Obie Awards. His latest play, A MAZE, has been produced by New York Stage and Film, Rorschach Theatre (D.C.), and Just Theater/Shotgun Players (Berkeley). Productions include Long Wharf Theatre, SPF, Target Margin, City Lights (San Jose), Curious Theatre (Denver), Theater Ninjas (Cleveland), Half Moon (Poughkeepsie), NYU School of Music, and Opera Theater of Pittsburgh. Residencies include The Royal Court Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, The O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Soho Rep, Portland Center Stage, Todd Mountain Theater Project, and a 'pataphysics retreat. Honors include the Helen Merrill Award and the Whitfield Cook Award. MILLICENT SCOWLWORTHY and APHRODISIAC are published by Samuel French. Rob studied at Williams College and with Paula Vogel at Brown University. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, poet Joy Katz, and their son.

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  • Composer-Librettist Studio

    Composer-Librettist Studio

    Our annual Composer-Librettist Studio focuses simultaneously on music-theatre development and the principles of collaboration, teaming five writers with five composers and five performers to develop brand-new works of musical theatre. At the end of the Studio, each playwright has worked with each composer and 25 new music-theatre pieces have been created by the group.

  • Whitfield Cook Award

    Whitfield Cook Award

    The Whitfield Cook Award goes to one New Dramatists playwright each year for an unproduced, unpublished play deemed worthiest by an outside panel of judges. The purpose of the award is to provide financial assistance to New Dramatists resident playwrights to encourage and reward their talents in the art of playwriting.

Playwright Buzz

April 15, 2014

tiny operas here and there

Ten-minute operas I wrote with composers Gilda Lyons and Daron Hagen were performed by Opera on Tap at Barbès and at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

January 13, 2014

Rob Handel reading in Pittsburgh

Poet Joy Katz and playwright Rob Handel will read in conjunction with the exhibition "Behind Our Scenes" on January 19, 3-5pm at SPACE Gallery, 812 Liberty Ave. Joy and Rob met at the MacDowell Colony in 1999 and have been married since 2005, but have never read together before. So, um, there's that.

December 17, 2013

A Maze in NPR's Bay Area top ten

A Maze in WQED's list of top ten Bay Area theatre experiences. The show reopens in Berkeley on February 14. Link

July 9, 2013

A MAZE in Berkeley

A MAZE has its West Coast premiere July 12 - August 4 at Just Theater in Berkeley. Weird long comic books, etc.

June 25, 2013

Oaxaca to Arkville

Following a long stay in Oaxaca, Mexico, heading to Arkville, New York for an exploratory residency with Ken Rus Schmoll and some other suspicious characters at the fabulous Todd Mountain Theater Project.

October 8, 2012

13P, a love story

The romantic tale of 13P, and why it ended, is here: http://www.howlround.com/13p-why-implode-by-rob-handel/

July 22, 2012

Five articles about 13P

There's been a gratifying outpouring of press discussing the end of 13P, why it was needed, and what we may have achieved.

Thoughtful analysis and interviews in Time Out New York:
http://www.timeout.com/newyork/theater/playwrights-collectiv...

Lovely piece in the Brooklyn Rail by playwright Ben Gassman:
http://brooklynrail.org/2012/08/theater/the-imminent-implosi...

New York Times full-page article, sidebar, and photo gallery:

June 7, 2012

Resource Sharing and 13P

On June 11 I'll be talking about resource sharing on a Dance/NYC panel at Performance Space 122. Meanwhile, holy mackerel 13P is disbanding.

June 3, 2012

Teaching in Tel Aviv

I taught a workshop on the dramatic potential of mistranslation at the "Tsuris and Other Literary Pleasures" conference at Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv. This is my work, people: bringing the languages of Anne Washburn to the promised land. Added bonus: I was just far enough away from New York that I could pretend to be an actor (performing scene one of Neighborhood 3).

June 3, 2012

Gotcha Day in Poughkeepsie

My ten-minute play GOTCHA DAY was produced by Half Moon in Poughkeepsie. It's about race, insipid language in the adoption community, and Tin Pan Alley.

Contact Info

Rob Handel
Associate Professor of Dramatic Writing
Carnegie Mellon University
Purnell Center for the Arts
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890

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