Moderated by Elaine Vaan Hogue
L-R: Director Elaine Vaan Hogue and playwright Deborah Margolin
DEBORAH MARGOLIN is a playwright, performance artist and founding member of Split Britches Theater Company. She is the author of eight full-length solo performance pieces, which she has toured throughout the United States, as well as numerous plays, and is the recipient of an OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance and the Kesselring Playwriting Award for her play Three Seconds in the Key. She has enjoyed commissions from the Jewish Museum of New York, the New York Public Theater, the Actor’s Theater of Louisville and other theaters, has lectured extensively at universities throughout the country, has been artist in residence at Hampshire College and University of Hawaii and Zale writer-in-residence at Tulane University, and served in the fall of 2000 as artist in residence in New York University’s Department of Undergraduate Drama. A book of her performance pieces and plays, entitled Of All The Nerve: Deb Margolin SOLO, was published by Cassell/Continuum Press (1999). In 2005 she was awarded the Richard H. Brodhead Prize for Teaching Excellence at Yale University. Ms. Margolin is a member of New Dramatists as of 2008, and was honored to accept the 2008 Helen Merrill Distinguished Playwright Award.
ELAINE VAAN HOGUE is a director, actor, and teacher and returns to New Repertory Theatre after directing The Kite Runner. Regional credits include Metamorphosis (Boston Center for American Performance); The Penelopiad, Execution of Justice, and Lizzie Stranton (Wimberly Theatre BCA); Walking the Volcano (BCAP/BPT); The Road to Mecca (BCAP); Crave (Nora Theatre Company); Thin Air: Tales from a Revolution (Kansas City); Infinity’s House (Majestic Theatre); Fen (New Theatre); Creation: Mythic Weavings (Magdalena USA); and When Jennie Goes Marching (Olney Theatre). She is a member of the Magdalena Project, an international network of women in contemporary theatre and recently joined an international cyber-performance group collaborating in All the Better To See You With. Ms. Vaan Hogue serves as Program Head of Theater Arts at Boston University and will next co-curate New Rep’s inaugural Next Rep Festival in the spring. Originally from Los Angeles, she resides in Central Massachusetts.