Joe Waechter’s plays include Lake Untersee, PROFILES, Good Ol' Boys, The Strangler, and The Hidden People. His work has been developed or produced by Playwrights Horizons, Ars Nova, American Repertory Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Trinity Repertory Theatre, The Kennedy Center, The Amoralists, The Hangar Theatre, Red Eye, The Inkwell, Clubbed Thumb, Perishable Theatre, Pavement Group, and The 25¢ Opera of San Francisco.
Awards include the McKnight Advancement Grant and two Jerome Fellowships at the Playwrights’ Center, a Lucille Lortel Playwriting Fellowship, the Weston Award in Playwriting, a Jerome Emerging Artist Residency at Tofte Lake Center, and the Clauder Competition Gold Prize. In 2009, Joe received a travel grant to Iceland for the development of The Hidden People, a three-part epic mash-up of Icelandic folklore, Norse mythology, and The Bible. Upcoming projects include readings and workshops at The Source Festival and PlayPenn, and residencies with SPACE at Ryder Farm and The Arctic Circle.
Joe also creates work for other medium, including the “headphone operas” The Hoot Owl and Howard Gap Road, an interactive chapbook titled NEGATIVE | SPACE, and an immersive virtual reality piece titled Antarctica. In 2010, he founded The Awesome Collective, an interdisciplinary performance collective that explores new methods and vocabularies for collaboration in Providence, RI.
Teaching credits include courses and workshops at Brown University, University of Minnesota, University of Rhode Island, and The Playwrights’ Center. His play Dragonflies is available from Dramatics Publishing, and his articles have appeared in The Dramatist magazine. He holds an MFA in Playwriting from Brown University.
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