Lynn M. Thomson
Founder and Artistic Director
Lynn M. Thomson is a dramaturg, director, teacher, scholar, and arts advocate.
She received an M.F.A. in Directing from Temple University and a Ph.D. from
New York University. For the last twenty years, she has devoted herself
primarily to the development and production of new American plays.
As Associate Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Theatre Company, she
created/administrated "Stages," a new play festival. From 1991 to 1995,
she was Dramaturg at Circle Repertory Company, where she worked with
Craig Lucas, Paula Vogel, Joyce Carol Oates, Regina Taylor, Anne Bogart,
among many other significant American writers and directors.
Thomson has been Dramaturg on numerous productions, including Rent
(Broadway and Off-Broadway). In theatres throughout the U.S.A., she
has directed over 100 productions, as well as innumerable readings
and workshops of new plays. Theatres include The Philadelphia Theatre
Company, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, and Circle Repertory Company.
She co-founded and edited The Script Exchange for Literary Managers and
Dramaturgs of the Americas. She co-authored the first set of professional
employment guidelines for dramaturgs.
Thomson has taught at New York University, University of Evansville, and
currently at Brooklyn College, where she is now a tenured Associate Professor.
Her articles have been published in Journal of American Drama and Theater,
Theatre Topics, American Theatre, Parabasis, and Lincoln Center Review.
Her book Between the Lines: The Process of Dramaturgy, co-authored with
Judith Rudakoff, was published in 2002.
Associate Artistic Director, America-in-Play
Dominic Taylor is a writer, director, and professor of playwriting. His
plays have been developed by Ensemble Studio Theatre, Playwrights Horizons,
The Public Theater, Hartford Stage, New York Theatre Workshop, The Goodman
Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Crossroads Theatre, The African Continuum
Theatre, and The Kennedy Center, among others. Published plays include
Personal History, Wedding Dance, and UpCity Service(s). Taylor directed
the cantata Negroes Burial Ground (libretto by Ann Greene, music by Leroy
Jenkins) at The Kitchen, and the parody Uppa Creek (by Keli Garrett) at
Dixon Place. He is a member playwright as well as a board member of New
Dramatists, and a Usual Suspect with NY Theatre Workshop. Taylor has been
Assistant Professor of Theatre at Bard College. Taylor is Associate
Artistic Director of Penumbra Theatre and an Assistant Professor in
Directing at the University of Minnesota.