Resident Playwright2007 -- 2014
Taylor Mac is a playwright, actor, singer-songwriter, and sometime director and producer. Time Out New York has called him, “One of the most exciting theater artists of our time” and American Theatre magazine says, “Mac is one of this country’s most heroic and disarmingly funny playwrights.” His play "The Walk Across America For Mother Earth" was named one of the best plays of 2010 by The New York Times, and his play "The Lily's Revenge" was named one of the best in 2009 by The New Yorker and many other NY publications. Taylor has performed his work and/or others’ at the Sydney Opera House, the San Francisco MOMA and Opera House, The American Repertory Theater, Magic Theatre, The Public Theater, Stockholm’s Södra Teatern, The Spoleto Festival, The Bumbershoot Festival, The Time-Based Arts Festival, Dublin’s Project Arts Centre, London’s Soho Theatre, and literally hundreds of other theaters, museums, music halls, cabarets, and festivals around the globe. He has acted in many original plays (by others), dozens of revivals (most recently in his critically acclaimed performance as Puck/Egeus in the Classic Stage Company's Off-Broadway production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"), and in featured roles on television with BBC2, BBC4, MTV, and The Sci-Fi Channel. Awards, grants, and fellowships include: a 2010 OBIE, a McKnight National Commissioning Award, a Sundance Theatre Lab Residency, a NYFA Grant, two MAP Grants, a Creative Capital Grant, The James Hammerstein Award for playwriting, three Brighton Best of Festival Awards, a Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum Award for Best Touring Show, a Chicago Jeff Award Nomination, three GLAAD Media Award Nominations, an Edinburgh Festival Herald Angel Award, two NYSCA Grants, an Edward Albee Foundation Residency, The Franklin Furnace Grant, a Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant, The Ensemble Studio Theatre's New Voices Fellowship in playwriting, a Mabou Mines Suite (with collaborator Elizabeth Swados), and the one he is most proud of, an Ethyl Eichelberger Award. Vintage Press, Playscripts, New York Theatre Review, and New York Theatre Experience have published his plays; he was a HERE Arts Center resident artist; and is currently a member of New Dramatists.
Taylor was named NY's best cabaret performer of 2012 by Time Out NY.
"Protean Peacock Taylor Mac topped our tally of New York cabaret's finest hours. Ragingly original and bracingly radical, Mac took audiences on wild trips to previously unimagined destinations". --Adam Feldman, Time Out
Taylor Mac and Mandy Patinkin have a closed presentation of their vaudeville, "The Last Two People On Earth" (directed by Susan Stroman) on December 7th. Taylor and composer Dave Malloy (The Great Comet of 1812) are developing a three-person performance art adaptation of "The Mikado" with fellow performers Colman Domingo and Lea Delaria at New Dramatists, December 18th to the 21st. Taylor continues his 24-Hour Concert of the History of Popular Music with a concert of popular music from the 1810s and 1830s at Joe's Pub on December 17th.
Taylor Mac's "The Walk Across America For Mother Earth" was named one of the ten best plays of 2011 by The New York Times (Charles Isherwood).