Taylor Mac (who uses “judy”, lowercase sic, not as a name but as a gender pronoun) is a playwright, actor, singer-songwriter, performance artist, director and producer.  “A critical darling of the New York scene” (NY Magazine), judy’s work has been performed at New York City’s Lincoln Center, The Public Theatre and Playwrights Horizons, London’s Hackney Empire, Los Angeles’s Royce Hall, Minneapolis’s Guthrie Theater, Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, the Sydney Opera House, Boston’s American Repertory Theatre, Stockholm’s Sodra Theatern, the Spoleto Festival, San Francisco’s Curran Theater and MOMA, and literally hundreds of other theaters, museums, music halls, opera houses, cabarets, and festivals around the globe.


Judy is the author of seventeen full-length plays and performance pieces including, “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music” (Kennedy Prize in Drama), “Hir” (placed on the top ten theater of 2015 lists of The New York Times, New York Magazine, and Time Out NY; published by North Western University Press and in American Theater Magazine), “The Lily’s Revenge” (Obie Award), “The Walk Across America for Mother Earth” (named One of the Best Plays of 2011 by The New York Times), “The Young Ladies Of” (Chicago’s Jeff Award nomination for best solo), “Red Tide Blooming” (Ethyl Eichelberger Award), and “The Be(a)st of Taylor Mac” (Edinburgh Festival’s Herald Angel Award).


Recent acting roles include Shen Teh/Shui Ta in The Foundry Theater’s production of “Good Person of Szechwan” at La Mama and the Public Theater (for which judy received Lucille Lortel and Drama League Award nominations), Puck/Egeus in the Classic Stage Company’s “A Midsummer’s Night Dream”, the title role in various productions of judy’s play, “The Lily’s Revenge”, and opposite Mandy Patinkin in the two-man vaudeville, “The Last Two People On Earth”, directed by Susan Stroman.


Mac is currently creating a Dionysia Festival of four original plays (to be premiered separately and eventually performed in repertory), which deal in some way with our cultural polarization and that include:  an all-ages play called, “The Fre” (commissioned by the Children’s Theater Company in Minneapolis, premiere date TBD); a kitchen-sink tragedy named, “Hir” (which received its world premiere at the Magic Theater in Feb 2014);  a dance-theater play, “The Bourgeois Oligarch”, and a music theatre debate regarding small and large government, set inside an Ezra Pound poem, in the subconscious of Clarence Thomas, during a Supreme Court Hearing.


Mac is the recipient of multiple awards including the Kennedy Prize, Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a Guggenheim Award, the Herb Alpert Award in Theater, the Peter Zeisler Memorial Award, the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award and an Obie.  An alumnus of New Dramatists judy is currently a New York Theater Workshop Usual Suspect and the Resident playwright at the Here Arts Center.


Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, 2016

Guggenheim Award, 2016

Mellon Foundation Resident Playwright with The Here Arts Center, 2016-2019

LAMDA Literary Award nomination for Best Play, “Hir”, 2016

Drama League Award nomination for Best Play, “Hir”, 2016

“Hir” placed on Top Ten Theater of 2015 lists for:  The New York Times, NY Magazine, and Time Out NY

Herb Alpert Award in Theater, 2015

Best Male Vocalist, The Village Voice, 2015

Peter Ziegler Memorial Award, 2014

Helen Merril Playwriting Award, 2014

Lucille Lortell, Best Actor Nomination, 2014

Drama League Nomination for Years Best Performance, 2014

Best Theater Actor of NYC, The Village Voice, 2013

Future Legend of New York Stage, Time Out NY, 2012

Best New York City Cabaret Performer, Time Out NY, 2012

Obie Award, 2010

Dallas Theater Critics Forum Award, 2010 Best Touring Show

Independent Bloggers Award, 2010

Chicago Jeff Award Nomination, 2009

James Hammerstein Award for playwriting, 2008

One of Out Magazine’s 100, 2008

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


Map Grant (with St. Anns Warehouse), 2016

New England Foundation of the Arts, 2015

Massachusetts Council of Art, 2013

Map Grant (with The Children’s Theater Company), 2012

McKnight National Residency Commission, 2010

Map Grant (with Talking Band), 2010

New York State Council of the Arts (with Talking Band), 2010

New York Foundation for the Arts, 2009

Creative Capital Grant, 2009

Rockefeller Map Grant (with HERE Arts Center), 2008

New York State Council on the Arts, 2007

Franklin Furnace, 2007

Peter S. Reed, 2005


Sundance Theater Lab, 2015

MacDowell Colony, 2014

Sundance Theater Lab, 2013

New Dramatists, 2007 to 2014

New York Theater Workshop Usual Suspect, 2013

HERE Arts Center Resident Artists, 2006 to 2009

Sundance Theater Lab, 2009

Edward Albee Foundation Residency, 2005

Ensemble Studio Theatre’s New Voices Fellowship, 2000

For the last seventeen years I’ve been producing and co-producing my own work.  In 2004 I began informally calling my producing efforts, Ethyl Crisp Productions.   Under Ethyl Crisp Productions I produced The Face of Liberalism, Cardiac Arrest or Venus on a Half-Clam, Red Tide Blooming, The Young Ladies Of, and co-produced The Be(A)st of Taylor Mac with Paul Lucas Productions and the premiere of the Obie award winning The Lily’s Revenge with the Here Arts Center.  Recently, as I’ve begun strategizing how to tour my ensemble work and create a repertory theater in New York,  I realized I needed to get a little more formal and so created Nature’s Darlings, LLC.  Nature’s Darlings comes from the Walt Whitman poem, Native Moments, and was chosen to help remind me that however formal I get, or how much I manage to get the Fool into the court, the root of the work comes from and is for those darlings and ideas who are forgotten, dismissed, or buried.


“Native moments–when you come upon me–ah you are here now,
Give me now libidinous joys only,
Give me the drench of my passions, give me life coarse and rank,
To-day I go consort with Nature’s darlings, to-night too,
I am for those who believe in loose delights, I share the midnight orgies of young men,
I dance with the dancers and drink with the drinkers,
The echoes ring with our indecent calls, I pick out some low person for my dearest friend,
He shall be lawless, rude, illiterate, he shall be one condemn’d by others for deeds done,
I will play a part no longer, why should I exile myself from my companions?
O you shunn’d persons, I at least do not shun you,
I come forth within your midst, I will be your poet,
I will be more to you than to any of the rest.”

-Walt Whitman