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Photo by Janelle Jones

AIN GORDON is a three-time Obie Award-winning writer/director/actor, a two-time NYFA recipient, and a Guggenheim Fellow in Playwriting. Gordon’s work frequently sources overlooked/marginalized history and the nearly obscured lives inhabiting that space. His work has been seen at BAM Next Wave Festival, New York Theatre Workshop, Soho Rep, The Public Theater, 651 ARTS, Dance Theater Workshop/NYLA, Performance Space 122/PSNY, Baryshnikov Arts Center, HERE Arts Center, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (all NY); the Mark Taper Forum (CA), the George Street Playhouse (NJ), UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance, Vermont Performance Lab, Flynn Center for the Performing Arts (VT), Krannert Center (IL), International Festival of Arts & Ideas (CT), The Yard (MA), OnStage at Connecticut College, MASS MoCA, The Quick Center (CT), the Baltimore Museum of Art (MD), DiverseWorks (TX), Spirit Square (NC), VSA North Fourth Arts Center (NM), Jacob’s Pillow (MA), LexArts (KY), Dance Space (DC), and more. Collaborations with Sō Percussion presented at the Walker Art Center (MN), BAM Next Wave Festival (NY), River To River Festival (NY), Philadelphia Fringe, and more; with Samita Sinha at American Dance Institute (MD) and PS122 COIL Festival (NY); with Emily Johnson/Catalyst Dance at Northrop (MN), NYLA, On The Boards (WA), ODC (CA), and more; with Bebe Miller at the Wexner Center (OH), Myrna Loy Center/ Helena Presents (MT), Bates Dance Festival (ME), and more; with David Gordon at American Repertory Theater (MA), American Conservatory Theater (CA) and American Music Theater Festival (PA). Gordon appeared in the original Off-Broadway cast of Spalding Gray: Stories Left To Tell and toured the production to venues including UCLA, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (OR), ICA Boston (Elliot Norton Award nomination), the Walker (MN), and New Territories (UK). Gordon’s Art Life & Show-Biz; A Non- Fiction Play is published in Palgrave Macmillan’s Dramaturgy Of The Real On The World Stage. Gordon also wrote for NBC’s Will & Grace. Gordon’s work has received support from The Jerome Foundation, Greenwall Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Department of Cultural Affairs, AT&T, MAP (four times), ART NY, Mellon, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and the National Performance Network among many others. Gordon is a former Embedded Artist at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, former Core Writer of the Playwright’s Center (MN), former Resident Artist at the Hermitage (FL), former Visiting Artist at the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage (PA), former Artist-In-Residence at NYU Tisch School of The Arts, and in 2020/21 will be a “Master Artist” in residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Gordon is Co-Founder of the Urban Memory Project and has been Co-Director of Pick Up Performance Co(s) since 1992.

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