Wendy C. Goldberg Renews Contract as Artistic Director of Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference
The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center announced today that Wendy C. Goldberg, Artistic Director of the National Playwrights Conference (NPC), has renewed her contract to continue at the head of the center's founding program. The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center will celebrate its 50th Anniversary next summer, which will also Mark Goldberg's 10th season as Artistic Director of the Playwrights Conference.
Under Goldberg's leadership, over 70 new plays have been developed during NPC. Many works have advanced to world premiere productions, with several writers having won playwriting awards including: 2 Susan Smith Blackburn Awards, 2 American Theatre Critics Association Citations, and The Pulitzer Prize. The O'Neill Center also received the 2010 Tony Award for Regional Theatre, recognizing its many innovative programs in new work development, including its flagship National Playwrights Conference.
"I am truly delighted to announce Wendy's continued stewardship of the National Playwrights Conference, particularly for our 50th year," remarks Executive Director Preston Whiteway. "Wendy's vision and guiding hand has helped grow the Conference by leaps and bounds, building on our immense legacy.
"Our only goal with NPC - to discover, support and nurture new playwrights and artists, is more successful than ever, with dozens of plays moving into full production around the nation. NPC's open submissions policy continues to be a beacon to writers around the world, and I'm proud and grateful for Wendy's leadership of the program over the past nine seasons, and look forward to more."
Goldberg's multiple directing credits include this country's leading regional theaters including The Goodman and Arena Stage, as well as Off-Broadway.
Recent credits also include world premieres of work developed at the O'Neill, including Deborah Zoe Laufer's Leveling Up for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Idris Goodwin's How We Got On for the Humana Festival of New American Plays, and Lisa Loomer's Two Things You Don't Talk About At Dinner for Denver Center.
Goldberg will open The Guthrie's 2013-2014 season with Nina Raine's Tribes. She is represented on Broadway as the Creative Advisor on Rock of Ages and Soul Doctor.