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Episode 44
George C. Wolfe

In a keynote session from The Dramatists Guild’s Second National Conference, the award-winning playwright and director George C. Wolfe talks about the survival skills you need to sustain a career in the theatre.

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Playwright, Director

George C. Wolfe’s theatre directing credits include The Normal Heart (Drama Desk Award), Jelly’s Last Jam (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Award), Angels In America-Millennium Approaches (Tony and Drama Desk Award) and Perestroika, (Drama Desk Award), Bring In ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk (Tony and Drama League Awards), Topdog/ Underdog (Obie Award), Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 (Drama Desk Award), Elaine Stritch At Liberty (Tony Award, Unique Theatrical Event),The Tempest, The Wild Party, Caroline Or Change and A Free Man Of Color. He is the writer of the award-winning The Colored Museum, directed Spunk (Obie Award), created Harlem Song for the world famous Apollo Theatre and conceived/directed a celebration of the American Musical at the White House. Mr. Wolfe directed the film Lackawanna Blues, for which he earned the Directors Guild Award, a National Board of Review Award, an Independent Spirit nomination for Best First Feature, a Christopher Award and the Humanitas Prize. He also directed the film Nights In Rodanthe.

From 1993-2005 he was the Producer of The Public Theatre/New York Shakespeare Festival. He serves on the President’s Committee for the Arts and the Humanities and was named a living landmark by the New York Landmark’s Conservancy. Additional awards include Actors Equity Paul Robeson Award, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers Calloway Award, The Dramatists Guild’s Hull-Warriner Award, the New Dramatist Outstanding Career Achievement Award, the NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award, the Lambda Liberty Award, the Spirit of the City Award, the Brendan Gil Prize, the Distinguished Alumni Award from NYU, a Princess Grace Award for fostering the careers of young artists, a Cultural Laureate Award and a Library Lion.

Works Include: Tribal Rites, or The Coming of the Great God-bird Nabuku to the Age of Horace Lee Lizer (1977); Paradise (1985); The Colored Museum (1986); Jelly's Last Jam (1992); Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk (1996); The Wild Party (2000).

George C. Wolfe’s DG member profile: http://www.dramatistsguild.com/memberdirectory/getmembership.aspx?cid=10739