Doris Duke Artist Award, 2016
New York, NY
Taylor Mac (who uses “judy,” lowercase sic, not as a name but as a gender pronoun) is a playwright, actor, singer-songwriter, performance artist, director, and producer. Judy’s work is a conversation with audiences about heterogeneity, homogeneity, and cultural advocacy. Declared “one of the most exciting theater artists of our time” by TimeOut NY, judy is currently creating a four-part work called Dionysia Festival. It includes an all-ages play, The Fre; a kitchen-sink tragedy, Hir; a dance-theater play, The Bourgeois Oligarch; and a music theatre debate between small and large government, set inside an Ezra Pound poem, in the subconscious of Clarence Thomas, during a Supreme Court Hearing. Honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Herb Alpert Award, and an OBIE, and support from MAP Fund and Creative Capital, among others. Judy is working on A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, a concert spanning 24 hours, each focusing on a decade of popular music. It will premiere in its entirety in 2016.