Deb Margolin

Deb Margolin is a playwright, actor and founding member of Split Britches Theater Company. She is the author of ten full-length solo performance pieces, which she has toured throughout the United States, and is the recipient of a 1999-2000 OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance. Deb’s play O Wholly Night and Other Jewish Solecisms, a solo piece investigating the recondite and sexy nature of waiting for the Messiah, was commissioned by the Jewish Museum of New York. PS122 presented Three Seconds in the Key, a meditation on illness, love, basketball and Yiddish, in a workshop production in NYC; the play was premiered under the auspices of New Georges at Baruch Performing Arts Center. Her play Imagining Madoff was nominated in 2012 for the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play in Washington, DC, and for the Eliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production for its New England debut at New Repertory Theater Company in Boston last January.

Deb has been artist in residence at Hampshire College and University of Hawaii and Zale writer-in-residence at Tulane University, and is currently an Associate Professor in Yale University’s undergraduate Theater Studies Program. A book of Deb’s performance pieces and plays, entitled Of All The Nerve: Deb Margolin SOLO, was published in 1999 by Cassell/Continuum Press. Deb was awarded the 2005 Richard H. Brodhead Prize for Teaching Excellence at Yale University, and the 2005 Kesselring Playwriting Prize. In 2008 she was honored to accept the Helen Merrill Distinguished Playwright Award, and is a proud member of New Dramatists. 8 STOPS, Deb’s most recent solo work, was written during the Dael Orlandersmith writing residency at the Kimmel Art Center in Philadelphia. She lives in New Jersey.

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