Dramatists Guild Legacy Member

Tina Howe


The Dramatists Guild mourns the loss of longtime Council member, playwright and teacher Tina Howe.  A Guild member for over forty years, Tina Howe was proud to have served on the DG Council since 1990. She was dedicated in her service to the Guild throughout the years, serving on the Publications committee (now The Dramatist committee) and even guest editing The Language Issue of the magazine in 2016.

A beloved professor at many renowned academic institutions, she also taught several popular courses at the Dramatists Guild Institute. 

Tina's most produced plays include Birth and After Birth, Museum, The Art of Dining, Painting Churches, Coastal Disturbances, Approaching Zanzibar, and Pride’s Crossing. Her works can be read in numerous anthologies as well as in Coastal Disturbances: Four Plays by Tina Howe and Birth and After Birth and Other Plays: A Marriage Cycle. Her other publications include her translations of Ionesco's The Bald Soprano and The Lesson and Shrinking Violets and Towering Tiger Lilies: Seven Brief Plays about Women in Distress. She was also the subject of Howe in an Hour, edited by Judith Barlow, published by Smith and Kraus.

Tina was the recipient of many awards, including an Obie for Distinguished playwriting, a Tony nomination for best Play, an Outer Circle Critics Award, a Rockefeller Grant, two N.E.A. Fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, the Sidney Kingsley Award, the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, two honorary degrees, the William Inge Award for Distinguished Achievement in the American Theatre, a Lilly Award for Lifetime Achievement, and PEN’s Master American Playwright award. She also received the Flora Roberts Award from the Dramatists Guild in 2000 and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Dramatists Guild in 2022.

A two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, she taught at NYU, Columbia, Carnegie Mellon and UCLA before becoming Visiting Professor at Hunter College and subsequently launching their MFA in Playwriting.