Taylor Mac

Artist Statement

I believe my job as a theater artists is to remind my audience of the range of their humanity. I do this by using theatrical traditions and established styles and forms (which allow the audience to recognize what they’re experiencing) and injecting them with as much originality as I can (which creates surprise). Surprise (not to be confused with shock) is the way I get audiences to feel. When they feel they’re reminded of their humanity.

I believe the more personal risk I take in the work the more the audience will relate and see the whole of their humanity reflected back at them. So, through art, I try to be as masculine, feminine, ugly, beautiful, intelligent, base, chaotic, graceful, joyful, sorrowful, perfect and flawed as I am in real life.

I believe theater is about intimacy and try to make theater that shrinks the distance between the user and the maker (between the audience and the players). Theater is theatrical so I strive to imbue my plays and performances with a heightened reality that includes ideas, breadth, possibility, care, poetry, and craft. Most of all I believe theater is community and think of myself as a community activist: someone whose job it is to bring people together, give them a shared experience and remind them of what it means to be human.

Bio

Taylor Mac is a playwright, actor, singer-songwriter, and sometime director and producer. TimeOut New York has called him, “One of the most exciting theater artists of our time” and American Theater Magazine says, “Mac is one of this country’s most heroic and disarmingly funny playwrights.”

His plays include “The Walk Across America For Mother Earth”, “The Lily’s Revenge”, “The Young Ladies Of”, “The Be(A)st of Taylor Mac”, “Red Tide Blooming”, “Dilating” (an evening of one-acts), “Blue Grotto” and his first play “The Hot Month”.

His concerts of original songs and covers include: “Comparison is Violence or The Ziggy Stardust Meets Tiny Tim Songbook”, “Cardiac Arrest or Venus on a Half-Clam” and “The Face of Liberalism”.

Taylor has performed his work and/or others at The Sydney Opera House, The San Francisco MOMA and Opera House, New York’s Public Theater, Stockholm’s Sodra Teatern, The Spoleto Festival, The Bumbershoot Festival, The Time Based Arts Festival, Dublin’s Project Arts Center, London’s Soho Theater, 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, and in featured roles on television with The BBC2, BBC4, MTV, and The Sci-Fi Channel.

Awards, grants, and fellowships include: a 2010 Obie, a McKnight National Commissioning Award, a Sundance Theater Lab Residency, a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant, two MAP Grants, a Creative Capital Grant, The James Hammerstein Award for playwriting, three Brighton Best of Festival Awards, a Dallas 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 New York State Council of The Arts Grants, an Edward Albee Foundation Residency, The Franklin Furnace Grant, a Peter S. Reed 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, New York Theatre Experience have published his plays and he was a HERE Arts Center resident artists and is currently a member of New Dramatists.

Contact Me

To get in touch with me please send me an email to info@taylormac.net or use the phone number on my Facebook page to give me a call. If you are looking for references then you will need to contact the companies i've worked with directly. As there are so many companies i would suggest looking for the direct phone numbers on directories such as hiddencontactnumber.co.uk or yell.com. I would be more than happy to participate in an interview if you wish so please email or call me.

Awards

Obie Award -- 2010

Dallas Theater Critics Forum Award -- 2010 Best Touring Show

Independent Bloggers Award -- 2010

GLAAD Media Award Nomination -- 2009

Chicago Jeff Award Nomination -- 2009

James Hammerstein Award for playwriting -- 2008

One of Out Magazine’s 100 -- 2008

NY Innovative Theater Award Nom. Best Solo Performance - 2008

NY Innovative Theater Award Nom. Best Performance Art Prod -- 2008

GLAAD Media Award Nomination -- 2008

GLAAD Media Award Nomination -- 2007

Latest 7 Award -- Best Show -- 2007

Best of Brighton Review Award -- 2007

Argus Angel Award -- 2007

Edinburgh Festival’s Herald Angel Award -- 2006

PS 122’s Ethyl Eichelberger Award – 2005

Grants

McKnight National Residency Commission -- 2010

Map Grant (with Talking Band) -- 2010

NYSCA (with Talking Band) -- 2010

NYFA -- 2009

Creative Capital Grant -- 2009

Rockefeller Map Grant -- 2008

New York State Council on the Arts -- 2007

Franklin Furnace -- 2007

Peter S. Reed -- 2005

class="paragraph_style_2">Fellowships/Retreats

New Dramatists

HERE Arts Center Resident Artists

Sundance Theater Lab

Edward Albee Foundation Residency

Ensemble Studio Theatre’s New Voices Fellowship

class="paragraph_style_3">Publications

Vintage Press

Playscripts

New York Theatre Review

New York Theatre Experience

Allworth Press

Smith and Kraus

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class="paragraph_style_5">Production History

“The Lily’s Revenge”

Magic Theater, San Francisco, May 2011

HERE Arts Center, NYC, 2009

“Comparison is Violence or The Ziggy Stardust

Meets Tiny Tim Songbook”

Sydney Opera House, February 2011

Dublin Fringe, Ireland, 2010

The Arches, Glasgow, 2010

Soho Theater, London, 2010

Queer Up North Festival, Manchester, 2010

Joe’s Pub, New York City, 2010

“The Young Ladies Of”

Norwich/Norfolk Festival, UK, 2009

Queer Up North Festival, Manchester, UK 2009

Playmaker’s Repertory, North Carolina, 2009

About Face Theater, Chicago, 2008

HERE Arts Center (extension), New York City, 2008

Sodra Teater -- Stockholm, Sweden, 2008

Saga Teater -- Umea, Sweden, 2008

Saga Teater -- Linkoping, Sweden, 2008

Stadsteater -- Lund, Sweden, 2008

HERE Arts Center -- New York City, 2007

The Battersea Arts Center (workshop) -- London, 2007

Performance Space 122 (workshop) -- New York City, 2005

“Live Patriot Acts2: Alien Nation”

HERE Arts Center, 2007

“Peace”

Target Margins’ Aristophanica Festival, HERE Arts Center, NYC, 2007

“The Be(A)st of Taylor Mac”

Colonial Theater, Miami, 2010

Undermain Theater, Dallas, 2010

Yale Rep, 2010

Fisher Center, Bard College, 2009

The Udderbelly, Southbank, London, 2009

Norwich/Norfolk Festival, UK, 2009

La Chapelle, Montreal, 2009

Rhubarb Festival, Toronto, 2009

Victoria’s Intrepid Theater, 2009

Whitehorse’s Pivot Festival, 2009

Vancouver’s Push Festival, 2009

Maui Arts Cultural Center, 2009

Brisbane Powerhouse, 2008

Feast Festival, Adelaide, 2008

Spiegeltent, Melbourne, 2008

Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, 2008

Williams College, Mass, 2008

HERE Arts Center, New York City, 2008

The Spoleto Festival, South Carolina, 2008

Counter Pulse, San Francisco, 2008

Nuffield Theater, Lancaster, 2007

Homotopia Festival, Liverpool, 2007

Time Based Arts Festival, Portland, Oregon, 2007

Bumbershoot Festival, Seattle, 2007

Galway Festival, 2007

Project Arts Center, Dublin, 2007

Kinsale Arts Week, 2007

Newbury Comedy Festival, 2007

Glastonbury Festival, 2007

Cork Mid-Summer Festival, 2007

The Source Arts Center, Thurles, 2007

Cairde Summer Festival, Sligo, 2007

The Arches, Glasgow, 2007

The Soho Theater, London, 2007

The Battersea Arts Center, London, 2007

The Lighthouse, Poole, 2007

The Junction, Cambridge, 2007

Norwich/Norfolk Festival, 2007

Colchester Arts Center, 2007

The Rondo, Bath, 2007

Eastleigh Arts Center, 2007

The Komedia, Brighton, 2007

Soderhamm, Sweden, 2007

Saga Teater, Linkoping, Sweden, 2007

Stadsteater, Lund, Sweden, 2007

Saga Teater, Umea, 2007

Sodra Teater, Stockholm, mainstage 2007

The Sydney Festival, The Sydney Opera House, 2007

Under the Radar Festival, The Public Theater, New York City, 2007

La Mama, New York City, 2007

The Reindeer, London, 2006

Bistrotech, London, 2006

Sodra Teater Stockholm, Studio Space 2006

Time Based Arts Festival, Portland, Oregon 2006

Edinburgh Festival, 2006

Joe’s Pub, New York City, 2006

“Red Tide Blooming”

Performance Space 122, New York City, 2006

class="paragraph_style_6">“The Spider Opera”

(co-created with Liz Swados)

Mabou Mimes Suite, 2006

“Maurizio Pollini”

Blue Roses Theater Company, NYC, 2005

“Live Patriot Acts: Patriots Gone Wiiiiild!”

Performance Space 122, 2004

class="paragraph_style_6">“Cardiac Arrest or Venus on a Half-Clam”

FEZ, New York City, 2004

Galapagos Arts Center, 2004, 2005

HERE Arts Center, 2004

“The Face of Liberlism”

Galapagos Arts Center”, New York City 2003

HERE Arts Center, New York City2003

The Marquis, New York City 2003

The Slide, New York City, 2003

Bar None, Philadelphia, 2003

“Okay”

(Ensemble-version)

Ensemble Studio Theater Marathon, NYC, 2008

Spring Theater, NYC 2002

“Okay”

(Solo-version)

HERE Arts Center, 2002

“The Hot Month”

Boomerang Theater Company, NYC, 2002

“The Levee”

Vox Humana, Los Angeles, 2003

The Vital Theater Company, NYC 2002

Chashama, Oasis Festival, 2001

SOME OTHER VENUES

San Francisco MOMA, San Francisco Opera House, The Green Door, Irving Plaza, Caroline’s, The Joyce, Dance Theater Workshop, Three Legged Dog, The Supper Club, Dixon Place, Daryl Roth 2, Mo Pitkin’s, The Slipper Room, Monkey Town, New Dramatists, The Knitting Factory, The Zipper, The Cutting Room, Noche Dentate, The Speigletent (all sizes), CBGB’s,