James Marino speaks with Adam Szymkowicz about making a life as a playwright.
Guest: Adam Szymkowicz, Playwright
ADAM SZYMKOWICZ’s plays have been produced throughout the U.S., and in Canada, England, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Greece, Mexico, Turkey, South Korea, Thailand, Slovenia and Lithuania. His work has been presented or developed at such places as Portland Center Stage, MCC Theater, Ars Nova, South Coast Rep, Playwrights Horizons, LCT3, LAByrinth Theater Company, The Lark, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Primary Stages and The New Group, among others.
Published plays include Deflowering Waldo, Pretty Theft, Food For Fish, Hearts Like Fists, Incendiary, Clown Bar, The Why Overhead, Adventures of Super Margaret, 7 Ways To Say I Love You, Rare Birds, Marian Or The True Tale of Robin Hood, and Nerve. His plays are published by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French, Playscripts, Broadway Play Publishing, Original Works Publishing, and featured in New York Theatre Review, the Dionysian, NYTE’s Cino Nights, Geek Theater, and numerous Smith and Kraus books.
He was the premiere Resident Playwright at The Chance Theater in Anaheim, CA and the first playwright to participate in Bloomington Playwrights Projects’ Square One Series. He has been to The Orchard Project and to JAW at Portland Center Stage, served twice as Playwright in Residence at the William Inge Center, and took part in The Dramatists Guild Fund’s Traveling Masters program. Szymkowicz received a grant from the CT Commission on Culture & Tourism, and has been commissioned by South Coast Rep, Rising Phoenix Rep, Texas State University, The NOLA Project, Single Carrot Theater, and Flux Theater Ensemble.
Adam received a Playwright’s Diploma from The Juilliard School’s Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program and an MFA from Columbia University where he was the Dean’s Fellow. Szymkowicz is a two-time Lecomte du Nouy Prize winner, a member of the Dramatists Guild, Writer’s Guild of America, and was a member of Primary Stages’ Dorothy Strelsin New American Writer’s Group, the MCC Playwright’s Coalition and of the first Ars Nova Play Group.
He has interviewed over 1000 playwrights on his blog. Szymkowicz is the Literary Manager at The Juilliard School, supporting the playwriting program there. For more, go to www.adamszymkowicz.com.
Avengers With Motives Personal, Professional and Just Because
‘Hearts Like Fists’ by Adam Szymkowicz Staged by Flux Theater
NYT Critic’s Pick, Secret Theater, 4402 23rd St.
By ANDY WEBSTER DEC. 5, 2012
2018: Adam had thirty productions of his plays
Don Zolidis, playwright, novelist, and former middle and high school teacher
20,000 – 30,000 High Schools that produce plays every year
Theatre of Note (Los Angeles, CA)
Flux Theatre Ensemble (New York, NY)
Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken theater arts Center (Anaheim, CA)
Kristen Palmer, playwright (Adam’s wife)
1000 Playwright Interviews by Adam: http://aszym.blogspot.com/
Cost of Living, by Martyna Majok – The Pulitzer Prizes (2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama)
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Music: Acoustic Breeze from www.bensound.com