Taylor Mac

28 May 2019


Taylor Mac, photo courtesy of the artist.

Taylor Mac (who uses “judy,” lowercase sic, not as a name but as a gender pronoun) is an award-winning playwright, actor, singer-songwriter, performance artist, director, and producer. In 2018 with the support of a Center Project grant, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts staged the Philadelphia premiere of Mac's Pulitzer Prize-nominated A 24-Decade History of Popular Music as two 12-hour performances. The immersive work examines the complicated nature of American identity and features hundreds of popular songs from 1776 to present.

Mac is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, Kennedy Prize for Drama, New York Drama Critics Circle Award, Doris Duke Artist Award, Guggenheim Fellowship, and Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, among others. Works of theater include Gary, A Sequel to Titus Andronicus (premiering on Broadway in the spring of 2019, starring Nathan Lane and Andrea Martin, and directed by George C. Wolfe), Prosperous Fools, The Fre, Hir, and The Walk Across America for Mother Earth. Judy is currently a New York Theater Workshop Usual Suspect and the Resident playwright at the Here Arts Center.