WENDY C. GOLDBERG, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL PLAYWRIGHTS CONFERENCE, TO VISIT IU
Public Presentation: Wednesday, April 19, 2006, 5:00 p.m., Wells-Metz Theatre
BLOOMINGTON —Since its founding in 1965, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference has helped to develop more than 1000 new works for the stage. Among the legions of writers who have passed through the O’Neill Center are John Guare (Six Degrees of Separation), David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly), Wendy Wasserstein (The Heidi Chronicles), and August Wilson (The Piano Lesson). In 2005, Wendy C. Goldberg was appointed the new artistic director of the National Playwrights Conference at the Center, and she visited the IU campus to share her insights, giving a public presentation on Wednesday, April 19 in the Wells-Metz Theatre at the Lee Norvelle Theatre & Drama Center.
Ms. Goldberg came to the O’Neill Center from Washington, D.C.’s famed Arena Stage. There she oversaw the Downstairs in the Old Vat Room play development program, collaborating with playwrights including Beth Henley (Crimes of the Heart), Marsha Norman (’night, Mother), and Christopher Durang (Betty’s Summer Vacation). She has directed at prestigious theatres across the country, including the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, Portland Center Stage, Signature Theatre in Virginia, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Prior to her death this year, Wasserstein had the following to say about Ms. Goldberg’s appointment to the O’Neill Center: "Wendy Goldberg brings to the O’Neill the same regard for nurturing playwrights that the O’Neill is founded upon. She brings to the O’Neill her integrity, honesty, and genuine respect for the O’Neill tradition, ensuring its future."
During her two-day visit to Bloomington, Ms. Goldberg attended classes and gave a presentation to department students, and spoke Wednesday, April 19 5:00 PM talk in the Wells-Metz Theatre.