Gary Garrison

Visiting Professor of Playwriting

Gary_Garrison_thumbGARY GARRISON served as the Executive Director of the Dramatists Guild of America—the national organization of playwrights, lyricists, and composers headed by our nation’s most honored dramatists—for the past decade. Prior to his work at the Guild, Garrison filled the posts of Artistic Director, Producer and full-time faculty member in the Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he produced more than 45 different festivals of new work, collaborating with hundreds of playwrights, directors and actors.

Garrison’s plays include The Unexpected Light On Azadeh Medusa, Too Quick to Pick, Ties That Bind, Skirting the Issue, Caught Without Candy, Game On, The Sweep, Verticals and Horizontals, Storm on Storm, Crater, Old Soles, Padding The Wagon, Rug Store Cowboy, Cherry Reds, Gawk, Oh Messiah Me, We Make A Wall, The Big Fat Naked Truth, Scream With Laughter, Smoothness With Cool, Empty Rooms, Does Anybody Want A Miss Cow Bayou?, and When A Diva Dreams. This work has been featured at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, City Theatre of Miami, Boston Theater Marathon, Primary Stages, The Directors Company, Manhattan Theatre Source, StageWorks, Open Door Theatre, Pulse Ensemble Theatre, Expanded Arts, and New York Rep.

His recent work as guest artist or master teacher of playwriting involve such institutions as the The Lark/Theresa Rebeck Writing Residency, The Marfa Intensives, Sewanee Writer’s Conference, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, CityWrights, The Inkwell, Source Theatre, Baltimore Playwrights Festival, New Hampshire Playwrights Festival, Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Southeast Theatre Conference, Northwest Theatre Conference, and Boston Playwrights’. He is the author of the critically acclaimed The Playwright’s Survival Guide: Keeping the Drama in Your Work and Out of Your Life, Perfect Ten: Writing and Producing the Ten Minute Play, A More Perfect Ten, and two volumes of Monologues for Men by Men.

He is on the Tony Administration Committee for the Tony Awards and the program director for the Summer Playwriting Intensive for the Kennedy Center. A collection of short plays, Verticals and Horizontals, was published last spring by Original Play Publishers in Los Angeles. In April of 2014, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts instituted the National Gary Garrison Ten-Minute Play Award given to the best ten-minute play written by a university dramatist. In the spring of 2016, he was awarded the Milan Stitt Outstanding Teacher of Playwriting by the Kennedy Center. www.garygarrison.com