Wendy C. Goldberg (she/her) has spent 20 years leading the foremost programs in the development, direction, and the production of new works for the American Theater. As Artistic Director of the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center for 16 seasons, under Goldberg’s tenure, the O’Neill was awarded the 2010 Regional Tony Award, the first play development and education organization to receive this honor as well as the 2016 National Medal of Arts from the White House. She is the first woman to lead the conference in its fifty-year history. Wendy served as the Chair of Jury for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 2020 and as a member of the jury for the Pulitzer Prize in 2019.
In addition, Wendy has established herself as one of the leading directors in this country and contributors to the directing field having served for 13 years on the Executive Board of SDC and founding and leading the National Directors Fellowship now in its sixth year. Credits include Arena Stage, The Denver Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Guthrie, The Goodman, Signature, Center Stage, Alliance, Playmakers Rep, and Paper Mill Playhouse among others.
In 2019, Wendy founded TheFrontOffice, a theatrical and media development company after serving as a performance director for Rockstar Games in NYC. In 2017. Wendy was hired to help direct the worldwide phenomenon, RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2, the largest open-world video game in the history of gaming and the best opening weekend for an entertainment product in the history of entertainment. She is in active development for, ON THE RISE, about the rising stars of junior tennis with LeBron James’s media company, SPRING HILL.
As Artistic Associate at Arena Stage for five seasons, Ms. Goldberg helped to create the theater’s new play initiatives and led them from their inception through 2005. American Theatre Magazine has described her as “one of the most promising theater artists working today.”
Wendy is the recipient of the Zelda Fichandler Finalist Award given to a director who is “transforming the region through theater” by the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation.