Bio

Taylor Mac is a theater artist (whose gender is, performer and who goes by the gender pronoun, judy), which means judy’s a playwright, actor, singer-songwriter, cabaret performer, performance artist, and sometime director and producer.  “A critical darling of the New York scene” (New York Magazine) TimeOut New York has called judy, “One of the most exciting theater artists of our time” (naming judy the best cabaret performer in New York, in 2012, and a future theater legend).  American Theater Magazine says, “Mac is one of this country’s most heroic and disarmingly funny playwrights.   The New Yorker says, of Mac’s acting in Brecht’s “Good Person of Szechwan”, “One of contemporary theater’s more unforgettable performances.” The Village Voice has named Taylor the Best Theater Actor in New York (2013) and The New York Times says of Mac in general, “Fabulousness can come in many forms, and Taylor Mac seems intent on assuming every one of them.”

 

Taylor’s plays include “The Fre”, “Hir”, “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”, “Okay”, “Maurizio Pollini”, “A Crevice”, “An Oblation”,  and judy’s first play “The Hot Month”. 


Judy’s concerts of original songs and covers include: “A 24-Hour History of Popular Music” (24 decades of songs that can be performed in many different forms:  go here for more information), “Comparison is Violence or The Ziggy Stardust Meets Tiny Tim Songbook”, “Cardiac Arrest or Venus on a Half-Clam” and “The Face of Liberalism” and judy is currently working on a two-person show titled, “The Last Two People on Earth” with Mandy Patinkin (directed/choreographed by Susan Stroman).

 

Taylor has performed at New York’s Lincoln Center and Public Theater,  The Sydney Opera House, The San Francisco MOMA and Opera House, 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.    

 

Awards, grants, and fellowships include: an Obie, a Helen Merril Playwriting Award, a McKnight National Commissioning Award, two Sundance Theater Lab Residency, a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant, three MAP Grants, a Creative Capital Grant, a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant for playwriting, 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 judy’s plays and judy was a HERE Arts Center resident artists and is currently a member of New Dramatists and a New York Theater Workshop Usual Suspect.

Photo by Amy Touchette