ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, AND LYRICIST
For six years, Mary Gallagher was artistic director of Gypsy, a theatre company in New York’s Hudson Valley, where she co-created and produced site-specific theatre with masks, giant puppets and original music, in collaboration with maskwork unlimited (Shelley Wyant, artistic director), Compost West (Greta Baker, artistic director), and Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, as well as many gifted actors, musicians, designers, and community members. These pieces included Premanjali and the 7 Geese Brothers, for which Gallagher wrote the text and lyrics; Ama, a Noh play for which she did the adaptation and lyrics, based on the translation by Hinako Shapiro and Greta Baker; and The Scottish Play, her adaptation of MACBETH.
In 1996-7, she directed the Playwrights Workshop at the University of Iowa, and from 2001-2010 she taught playwriting, screenwriting, and film story analysis in the Department of Dramatic Writing at NYU/Tisch School of the Arts. She also taught playwriting and screenwriting at Goddard College, and sometimes teaches private classes and coaches or edits individual projects.
AWARDS & FELLOWSHIPS
Gallagher has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the New York Foundation on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the Rosenthal New Play Prize, the Writers Guild Award, the Heideman Award, the Berrilla Kerr Award, the Luminas Award from Women in Film, and three production grants from the New York State Council on the Arts.
She is an alumna of New Dramatists, the oldest organization in the U.S. dedicated to the support of playwrights and the development of their work. New Dramatists has been her artistic home in New York for many years and the source of many of her artistic and personal relationships. For New Dramatists, she created, produced and moderated “Conversations with Playwrights: You Can Make A Life,” a series of discussions with groups of gifted and highly diverse playwrights. The annual series was open to the public and recorded for the archives of New Dramatists; it continued from 1995-2001.
She is a longtime member of the much beloved theatre group Actors & Writers in Ulster County, where she lives. She is also a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre and the Writers Guild East.