Dramatists Guild's IN THE ROOM Series Features Tina Howe and Sarah Ruhl


To celebrate the centennial year of the Authors League, The Dramatists Guild of America unveils archived audio unheard by the public since its initial recording. Over the next year, In the Room will host some of the most celebrated playwrights, composers and lyricists in the American theatre discussing craft while sharing their influences and experiences creating some of their most celebrated work. Currently featured is a session with Tina Howe and Sarah Ruhl, originally recorded in 2007.

In this episode, the inimitable Tina Howe brings Sarah’s unique style of poetic language, dynamic stage directions and wide range of mythical characters to discussion of Aristotle, Mac vs. PC, motherhood, weeping coins and working with invisible colleagues. The conversation between Howe and Ruhl taps into real struggles of finding time to write, getting started with a first draft and the extensive process of editing and revisions.

In the Room also features episodes with Stephen Sondheim, David Auburn, Terrence McNally, Doug Wright, Paula Vogel and Arthur Kopit. To view the full lists of episodes visit: http://www.dramatistsguild.com/eventseducation/intheroom.aspx.

Tina Howe (b. 1937) has received an Obie for Distinguished Playwriting, an Outer Critics Circle Award, a Rockefeller grant, two NEA Fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, the Dramatists Guild Fund Madge Evans/Sidney Kingsley Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Theatre, the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, two honorary degrees and the William Inge Award for Distinguished Achievement in the American Theatre. Twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Howe has been a visiting professor at Hunter College since 1990 and has also taught master classes at New York University, UCLA, Columbia University, and Carnegie Mellon University. Howe has served on the Council of the Dramatists Guild of America since 1990.