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Mr. Mark Bly

Job Title: Playwriting Professor and Freelance Dramaturg
Organization affiliation:

Fordham University

Location: New York, NY

Mark Bly is the Resident Dramaturg at The Acting Company and an Adjunct Professor in the MFA Playwriting Program at Fordham/Primary Stages. He was the former Director of the MFA Playwriting Program at Hunter College and helped to coordinate the innovative Hunter Playwrights Festival. He was the Chair of the Playwriting Program at the Yale School of Drama from 1992-2004 while being the Associate Artistic Director at the Yale Rep. Over the past thirty-five years he has served as a Dramaturg, Director of New Play Development, and Associate Artistic Director at such theatres as the The Acting Company, Arena Stage, Alley Theatre, Guthrie Theatre, Seattle Rep, and Yale Rep, dramaturging and producing over 200 plays. He has dramaturged on Broadway Emily Mann’s Execution of Justice (1985), Moises Kaufman’s 33 Variations (2009), and lbsen’s An Enemy of the People (2012). Bly has served as the Dramaturg for the world premieres of plays by Rajiv Joseph, Suzan Lori-Parks, Tim Blake Nelson, Sarah Ruhl, Ken Lin, and Moises Kaufman and has worked with such artists as Dan Sullivan, Doug Hughes, Molly Smith, Peter Sellars, Rolin Jones, Zelda Fichandler, Liviu Ciulei, JoAnne Akalaitis, Eric Overmyer, Don Cheadle, Martha Plimpton, Hal Holbrook, David Hyde Pierce, Stanley Tucci, Julianne Moore, Richard Thomas, Jane Fonda, Boyd Gaines, and Judd Hirsch. Bly has written for numerous publications: Yale Theatre as Contributing Editor and Advisory Editor, Theatre Forum, American Theatre, Theater Topics, LMDA Review, and The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy. He is the Editor of Production Notebooks: Theatre in Process: Volumes I & II (TCG, 1996, 2001), and Special Editor for Yale Theatre, “Return of the Dramaturgs,” Summer, 1986. In 2010 Bly received the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas G.E. Lessing Career Achievement Award, only the fourth time the award was bestowed in the organization’s history. He recently initiated the Bly Creative Capacity Grant/Fellowship Program for LDMA.

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