America In Play

Artistic Direction

Lynn M. Thomson
Founder and Artistic Director

Lynn M. Thomson is a dramaturg, director, teacher, scholar, and arts advocate. She received an M.F.A. in Directing from Temple University and a Ph.D. from New York University. For the last twenty years, she has devoted herself primarily to the development and production of new American plays.

As Associate Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Theatre Company, she created/administrated “Stages,” a new play festival. From 1991 to 1995, she was Dramaturg at Circle Repertory Company, where she worked with Craig Lucas, Paula Vogel, Joyce Carol Oates, Regina Taylor, Anne Bogart, among many other significant American writers and directors.

Thomson has been Dramaturg on numerous productions, including Rent (Broadway and Off-Broadway). In theatres throughout the U.S.A., she has directed over 100 productions, as well as innumerable readings and workshops of new plays. Theatres include The Philadelphia Theatre Company, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, and Circle Repertory Company.

She co-founded and edited The Script Exchange for Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas. She co-authored the first set of professional employment guidelines for dramaturgs.

Thomson has taught at New York University, University of Evansville, and currently at Brooklyn College, where she is now a tenured Associate Professor. Her articles have been published in Journal of American Drama and Theater, Theatre Topics, American Theatre, Parabasis, and Lincoln Center Review. Her book Between the Lines: The Process of Dramaturgy, co-authored with Judith Rudakoff, was published in 2002.

Dominic Taylor
Associate Artistic Director, America-in-Play

Dominic Taylor is a writer, director, and professor of playwriting. His plays have been developed by Ensemble Studio Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theater, Hartford Stage, New York Theatre Workshop, The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Crossroads Theatre, The African Continuum Theatre, and The Kennedy Center, among others. Published plays include Personal History, Wedding Dance, and UpCity Service(s). Taylor directed the cantata Negroes Burial Ground (libretto by Ann Greene, music by Leroy Jenkins) at The Kitchen, and the parody Uppa Creek (by Keli Garrett) at Dixon Place. He is a member playwright as well as a board member of New Dramatists, and a Usual Suspect with NY Theatre Workshop. Taylor has been Assistant Professor of Theatre at Bard College. Taylor is Associate Artistic Director of Penumbra Theatre and an Assistant Professor in Directing at the University of Minnesota.