Carolyn Gage is a playwright, performer, director, and activist. The author of nine collections of lesbian and feminist themed plays and eighty-three plays, musicals, and one-woman shows, she specializes in non-traditional roles for women, especially those reclaiming famous lesbians whose stories have been distorted or erased from history.
Gage’s work has won many state and national awards, including the Lambda Literary Award in Drama for best LGBT books in the US (The Second Coming of Joan of Arc and Selected Plays), nomination for the Steinberg Award by the American Theatre Critics Association (Ugly Ducklings), international finalist for the Venice Biennale (The Anastasia Trials in the Court of Women), Curve Magazine’s Lesbian Theatre Award (Babe!), the Maine Literary Award in Drama from the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance (Stigmata), the Oregon Playwrights Award from the Oregon Institute of Literary Arts (The Second Coming of Joan of Arc), national finalist for the Heideman Award by the Actors’ Theatre of Louisville (The Ladies’ Room), national finalist for the Jane Chambers Award by the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (The Anastasia Trials in the Court of Women.), and winner of the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival (Harriet Tubman Visits A Therapist.) Her work has been published by Applause Books and by Samuel French. She has written two volumes of Monologues and Scenes for Lesbian Actors, as well as the first academic manual for lesbian theatre production, Take Stage! (Rowman & Littlefield).
She has taught as a year-long Guest Lecturer in the Theatre Department at Bates College and was a Landsdowne Visiting Scholar at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. She has been an adjunct professor at the University of Southern Maine, and has taught in their Stonecoast MFA Writers’ program.
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MORE ABOUT ME
I love to hike, and fortunately, I live next to a national park!
WHAT I AM WORKING ON
A number of projects. Don't want to jinx them by talking about them too soon.
lesbian, feminist, women's history
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