For the last decade, Gary Garrison was the Executive Director of the Dramatist Guild of America – the national organization of playwrights, lyricists and composers headed by our nation’s most honored dramatists. Prior to his work at the Guild, Garrison filled the posts of Artistic Director, Producer and fulltime faculty member in the Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where he produced over forty-five 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 Theatre 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 Marfa Intensives, Sewanee Writer’s Conference, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, CityWrights, The Inkwell and Source Theatre in D.C., 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 TenMinute 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.

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Dramatists Guild of America, Director, Dramatists Guild Institute, 2016 to the present.

Dramatists Guild of America, Executive Director for Creative Affairs, 2007 through 2016.

The Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, 1986 to 2016.

The Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. 2002 to the present. Program Director and Instructor for The Summer Playwriting Intensive.

The Kennedy Center - American College Theatre Festival. National Chair, National Playwriting Program, 2002 to the 2005/6. National Vice-Chair April 1999 – 2002, Regional Chair 1995-1999.

The Loop, Founder and Editor, 2005 to 2009.

Playwrights PlayGround, Founder and Artistic Director, 2003 to present.

Michigan Ensemble Theatre, 1985 to 1992, Artistic Director.

New York Repertory Theatre Company, 1989 -1991. Artistic Director.

Pulse Ensemble Theatre, NYC, 1987 - 1989. General Manager and Co-Founder.

Career


Awards

The Milan Stitt Outstanding Teacher of Playwriting, The Kennedy Center, 2016

Kennedy Center Honors: The National Gary Garrison Ten-Minute Play Award, awarded and named by the John F. Kennedy for the Performing Arts, KCACTF, 2014.

The Lilly Award, recognition of contributions to female playwrights and gender parity named after Lillian Hellman, 2013.

Outstanding Teacher of Playwriting, Association for Theatre In Higher Education,


Educator

The Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, 1986 to 2016.

Guest Artist/Lecturer, Universities Boston University, September (2017)

  • Convivio - Postignano, Italy (2017)
  • Oklahoma University (2017)
  • The Marfa Intensives (2016)
  • Western Georgia College (2016)
  • Dramatists Guild Institute (2016 to present)
  • The Kennedy Center, American College Theatre Festival (1990 to present)
  • All Saints School – Fort Worth, Texas (2015)
  • The University of Texas at Austin (2006, 2009)
  • The University of the South (Sewanee Writers Conference)
  • Goddard College
  • Texas State University
  • University of Wyoming
  • University of Southern Mississippi
  • State University of New York, Brockport
  • Adelphi University
  • Kalamazoo College
  • Texas Tech University
  • Lamar University
  • Association for Theatre In Higher Education (ATHE)
  • Texas Educational Theater Association (TETA)
  • The Dramatists Guild of America

The Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. 2002 to the present. Program Director and Instructor for The Summer Playwriting Intensive.

The Kennedy Center - American College Theatre Festival. National Chair, National Playwriting Program, 2002 to the 2005/6. National Vice-Chair April 1999 – 2002, Regional Chair 1995-1999.


The Loop, Founder and Editor, 2005 to 2009.

Playwrights PlayGround, Founder and Artistic Director, 2003 to present.

Michigan Ensemble Theatre, 1985 to 1992, Artistic Director.

New York Repertory Theatre Company, 1989 -1991. Artistic Director.

Pulse Ensemble Theatre, NYC, 1987 - 1989. General Manager and Co-Founder.

Finalist Judge, Reader
The Yale Drama Prize, The Paula Vogel Prize for Plawriting, The Stanley Drama
Award, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, The Source Theatre Festival (Washington,
D.C.), The Mark Twain Comedy Award in Playwriting (The Kennedy Center), KCACTF
National Ten-Minute Play Award, The Massachusetts Cultural Council on the Arts, The
Hopwood Award – University of Michigan.

Sewanee Writer’s Workshop, 2008, 2009, 2010. 2014 Guest Artist.
Workshop for Sewanee dramatists on the essential tools for sustaining a career in
dramatic writing.

CityWrights, 2012, 2014, Guest Artist.
Workshops on self-production, comedy writing, business issues of dramatists.
Southeast Theatre Conference, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2011. Featured artist.
Workshops taught on various issues of the business of playwriting and writing the
10-minute play. Respondent to the SETC 10-Minute Play Festival.

The Playwrights Forum, Washington, D.C., 2001 – 2003, 2009. Guest Speaker, Keynote Speaker, 2009.
Topics included marketing a career as a playwright, writing and producing the ten-minute play and resume-building experiences.

Association for Theatre in Higher Education, 1997 – 2004, 2009-15. Guest Respondent.
Respondent to the national conference’s 10-Minute Play Festival.

Baltimore Playwrights, 2008, 2011. Guest Artist.
Workshop in writing and developing the ten-minute play.

Boston Theatre Conference, 2008.
Invited workshop devoted solely to the issue of self-producing.

PlayPenn of Philadelphia, 2008. Panel participant.
During PlayPenn’s festival of new works; the panel topic: Empowering the Dramatist in a Commercial Market

Inkwell Theatre Company, Washington, D.C., 2008, 2011. Guest Artist.
Weekend workshop on writing and market the ten-minute play.

University of Southern Mississippi, February 2007. Guest Artist and Lecturer.
Inaugural year for a playwright-in- residence program; taught workshops, attended readings of student plays and met with the faculty to discuss ways of growing the program.

The Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Valdez, Alaska 2005, ‘06, ’11, ‘13. Featured Artist.
Taught workshops in dramatic structure, building character, the business of playwriting and collaboration for playwrights of all ages from all over the country. Also participated in one-on- one and group response sessions with playwrights on various drafts of their plays.

HOMOgenius Theatre Festival, 2002 – 2003. Producer.
Produced short-play festival for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered playwrights for Manhattan Theatre Source. Supervised all aspects of production.

The Signature Series, Lamar University, 2000 to 2005. Creator.
An initial offering of forty-seven autographed plays gifted to the university in honor of a thriving educational theatre program. Arthur Miller, Tony Kushner, Marsha Norman, Wendy Wasserstein, John Guare, Pete Gurney, Paula Vogel, Athol Fugard, Lanford Wilson and Terrence McNally were some of the playwrights in the original offering. Each subsequent year, I contributed an additional three autographed plays from our country’s leading dramatists plus a reading copy for students.

Georgia Theatre Association (2004) and Texas Educational Theatre Association, (2002). Guest Artist.
Workshops taught in the ten-minute play and marketing a career in playwriting.

Artistic