"Performance is a theatre of inclusion--anyone can do it! You see all sorts of people doing it, not just little cuties or big hunks or people of just one hue! Anyone can do it! You can be large or gay or weird! You can be Jewish! You can have a fat rear end! You can be tone deaf, starstruck, hamstrung, anything! Performance is a theatre of inclusion. If you have a body, a memory, and a big endless desire: Performance. And you don't have to audition in a little outfit; just find a place on the street, an open mike, a coffee house, a living room. Performance."
Deb Margolin is a playwright, actor, and founding member of Split Britches Theater Company. She is the author of numerous plays, including Imagining Madoff, Turquoise, and Bringing the Fishermen Home, as well as 10 solo performance plays which she has toured throughout the US, the most recent of which is 8 STOPS, a comedy concerning the grief of endless compassion! 8 STOPS takes a long, humorous, tender look at motherhood, the suburbs, the fear of death, and the inheritability of ideas.
Deb was honored with an OBIE award for Sustained Excellence of Performance, the Kesselring Playwright Prize for her play Three Seconds in the Key, the 2008 Helen Merrill Distinguished Playwright Award and the Richard H. Broadhead Prize for teaching excellence at Yale University, where she is Associate Professor (adj.) in the undergraduate Theater Studies Program.
Comissions include the NY Public Theater, Actors Theater of Louisville, PS122, The Jewish Museum of New York, and Dixon Place. Deb has been artist in residence at Hampshire College, University of Hawaii, Penn State University, and many others, and was Zale Writer in Residence Tulane University in New Orleans. A compulation of some of her solo pieces as well as a multi-character play, Critical Mass, is entiteld Of All The Nerve: Deb Margolin SOLO. Deb lives in New Jersey, which she denies.
For a more complete bio of Deb's work visit her page on the New Dramatist's site.