Visiting Lecturer in Playwriting
Marcus Gardley is a poet-playwright whose most recent play every tongue confess premiered at the Arena Stage starring Phylicia Rashad and directed by Kenny Leon. It has been nominated for the Steinberg New Play Award and the Charles MacArthur Award for outstanding new play. His play On The Levee premiered last summer at Lincoln Center in July and was nominated for 11 Audelco Awards including outstanding playwright. His play And Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi was produced at the Cutting Ball Theater last spring and received both critical acclaim including a SF Bay Area Theater Critics circle Award nomination for outstanding new play and was one of the top ten plays in the Bay Area in 2010 with two sold-out extensions. His Bay Area plays This World in a Woman’s Hands (October 2009) and Love is a Dream House in Lorin (March 2007) have been hailed as the best in Bay Area theater. The latter was nominated for the National Critics Steinberg New Play Award. He has had six plays produced including: dance of the holy ghost at Yale Repertory Theatre (now under a commercial Broadway option,) (L)imitations of Life, at the Empty Space and like sun fallin’ in the mouth at the National Black Theatre Festival. He is the recipient of the SF Bay Area’s Gerbode Emerging Playwright Award, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre Award, the Eugene O’Neill Memorial Scholarship, and the ASCAP Cole Porter Prize. He holds an MFA in Playwriting from the Yale Drama School and is a member of New Dramatists, The Dramatists Guild and the Lark Play Development Center. Gardley, a native of West Oakland, was recently chosen as one of 50 writers to watch by Dramatists Magazine. Gardley comes to Brown from UMass Amherst, where he taught Playwriting and African-American Studies.