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Susan Yankowitz

Herbert Leibowitz

Internationally known for her playwriting, Susan Yankowitz is also a librettist and novelist. 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. Among her best-known play are Terminal and 1969 Terminal 1996 (written with Joseph Chaikin's Open Theatre), A Knife in the Heart, Night Sky, Phaedra in Delirium and Seven, a collaborative piece about 7 remarkable women – www.seventheplay.com - which has been translated into 27 languages and presented throughout the world. Thumbprint, her opera with composer Kamala Sankaram, premiered in the 2014 Prototype Festival and will open at L.A. Opera in 2017.

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.

Having just completed a Multi-Disciplinary Tragical-Farcical Drama based on the Trials of Animals in the Middle Ages, she now plans to tend her perpetually out-of-date website - www.susanyankowitz.com - and other gardens. She can be reached through her agent, Robert Freedman –rfreedmanagent@aol.com - or at susanyankowitz@gmail.com