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Bio

Susan Yankowitz writes plays, librettos and fiction. Born and raised in Newark, N.J., she attended Weequahic High School in its glory days, Sarah Lawrence College before it accepted boys, and Yale Drama School during the ferment of Viet Rock and Paradise Now. Soon after graduation she found her way to the Open Theatre and entered into the work that became the formative experience of her life in theater: writing Terminal in collaboration with the Ensemble and her forever friend and mentor, Joseph Chaikin.

Since that time, she has written numerous works that belong on the stage, among them:

Night Sky

Phaedra In Delirium

A-Z Boxes

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Under The Skin

Gun

Seven

Slaughterhouse Play (Robert Dennis)

Deronda, Opera in Three Acts (Morris Moshe Cotel)

True Romances (Elmer Bernstein)

Slain in the Spirit (Taj Mahal)

Cheri (Michael Dellaira)

Thumbprint (Kamala Sankaram)

In the best of times, her work has been called ‘moving and poetic’ (LA Times); 'magnificent… scorching' (NPR); and ‘breathtaking’ (NY Times, Scotsman, and Pretoria News.) In the worst of times, she tries to remember the best of times.

Her gratitude for encouragement and support go to the Guggenheim Foundation, NEA, NYFA, TCG, Opera America, Berilla Kerr, McKnight and Rockefeller Foundations; Yaddo, MacDowell, Bogliasco and The Hermitage; and New Dramatists, PEN, The Dramatists Guild, WGA and NYIH.

Her archive is held at Kent State and her perpetually out-of-date website is www.susanyankowitz.com. She can be reached through her agent, Robert Freedman –rfreedmanagent@aol.com - or at susanyankowitz@gmail.com

Susan Yankowitz

Photograph byHerbert Leibowitz?