Taylor Mac: Possessing an exhilarating singular vision while being a consummate collaborator, theatre artist Taylor Mac writes plays, musicals, manifestos, and songs. With roots in performance art, and community engagement (as well as Noh, Beckett, Commedia, and the Greeks…), he uses the power of humor and play to investigate war, xenophobia, consumption, polarization, imperfection, inviting everyone to join the party. Compellingly utopian, his intent is to have audiences leave the performance space challenged, transformed, and continuing the conversation. (Imagine Fool as conscious insurgent. Imagine fierce sequins.) In summer 2016, Taylor Mac — along with 100 other performers, including 24 burlesque performers, 24 drag queens, and a 24 piece orchestra – will present his epic “A 24–Hour Concert of the History of Popular Music,” his subjective queering of American history over 24 decades, from 1776–2016. He lives and works in New York.
TimeOut NY has called Mac, “One of the most exciting theater artists of our time.” The New York Times says, “Fabulousness can come in many forms, and Taylor Mac seems intent on assuming every one of them.” The author of seventeen full–length plays and performance pieces, he received an Obie award for “The Lily’s Revenge, and, in 2013, was named “The Best Theater Actor of New York” by The Village Voice. Mac’s work has been performed at Lincoln Center, The Public Theatre, the Sydney Opera House, American Repertory Theatre, the Spoleto and Edinburgh Festivals, and hundreds of other theatres, museums, music halls, opera houses, and cabarets around the globe.