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Tina Howe is an American playwright, screenwriter, and actress. Born on November 21, 1937, in New York City, Howe grew up in a family of artists. She attended Sarah Lawrence College and received her MFA from the Hunter College Playwriting Program.
Howe's career in theater began in the late 1970s when her play "The Nest" was produced Off-Off-Broadway. Her breakthrough came in 1981 with the production of "Painting Churches" at the Second Stage Theatre. The play was a critical and commercial success and earned Howe an Obie Award for Best New American Play. "Painting Churches" went on to be produced on Broadway in 1983 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Howe's other notable plays include "Coastal Disturbances," which premiered at the Second Stage Theatre in 1986 and was later produced on Broadway in 1987. The play earned Howe a Tony Award nomination for Best Play and won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Play. "Approaching Zanzibar" premiered at the Circle Repertory Company in 1989 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
In addition to her work in theater, Howe has also written for film and television. She wrote the screenplay for the 1986 film "The Men's Club," which was based on the novel by Leonard Michaels. She also wrote the screenplay for the 1990 film "Alice," which was directed by Woody Allen and starred Mia Farrow.
Howe's television credits include writing for the series "American Playhouse" and "A Case of Libel." She also wrote the teleplay for the 1995 television movie "Picking Up the Pieces," which was based on her play "Approaching Zanzibar."
As an actress, Howe has appeared in several productions of her own plays, including "Painting Churches" and "Coastal Disturbances." She has also appeared in films such as "Love and Death" (1975) and "The Purple Rose of Cairo" (1985).
Howe has received numerous awards and honors throughout her career. In addition to her Obie Award and Tony Award nomination, she has also received the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship.
Most recently, Howe's play "Singing Beach" premiered at the TheaterWorks Hartford in 2018. The play explores themes of memory, family, and the passage of time as it follows a family's journey to their summer home on the Massachusetts coast.

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Complete Cast Set for APPROPRIATE at Second Stage Theater Starring Elle Fanning, Sarah Paulson, Corey Stoll & More

The complete cast has been revealed for Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ APPROPRIATE, directed by Lila Neugebauer at Second Stage Theater. 

Single Tickets for MOTHER PLAY Starring Jessica Lange, Jim Parsons & Celia Keenan-Bolger To Go On Sale Tomorrow

Single tickets for Second Stage Theater's upcoming world premiere of Paula Vogel’s MOTHER PLAY will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, October 17 at 12pm. 

Second Stage Founder Carole Rothman Will Depart After 45 Years

Carole Rothman, the founder of Second Stage, the prestigious theater company that has launched the careers of some of the greatest American playwrights over the past 45 years, is leaving the company. 

Corey Stoll, Natalie Gold & Alyssa Emily Marvin to Join Sarah Paulson in APPROPRIATE

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Jessica Lange, Jim Parsons, Celia Keenan-Bolger Will Lead Paula Vogel's MOTHER PLAY on Broadway

The world premiere of MOTHER PLAY, written by Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel and directed by Tina Landau is coming to Broadway. We have all the details on who will star in the new play!

Tony Award Nominee and Pulitzer Prize Finalist Playwright Tina Howe Has Passed Away at 85

Playwright and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Tina Howe died on Monday, August 28th, 2023 at the age of 85.

Photos: First Look At The World Premiere of DORIS DAY: MY SECRET LOVE

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Marin Ireland, Zachary James & Erik Lochtefeld to Star in SPAIN at Second Stage Theater

Get all the details on the upcoming production of SPAIN at Second Stage Theater, including the star-studded cast featuring Marin Ireland, Zachary James, and Erik Lochtefeld. Find out when and where you can catch this highly anticipated show.

TWELFTH NIGHT Filmed Live At The Wilma Theater to Stream This Summer

Digital theater trailblazer The Wilma Theater is offering a streaming version of its onstage production of TWELFTH NIGHT, available to view on demand through July 23.

Frank Wood, Abubakr Ali & b Join TOROS at Second Stage Theater Uptown

Complete casting has been set for Second Stage Theater's TOROS by Danny Tejera and directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch. See who is starring, and learn how to purchase tickets!

New Plays by Paula Vogel, Jen Silverman and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Included in Second Stage Theater's 2023/24 Season

Second Stage Theater has just announced three initial productions for its upcoming 45th Anniversary Season. Check out the full lineup here!

2023 Second Stage Theater Uptown Series to Present TOROS By Danny Tejera This Summer

Second Stage Theater will present TOROS, written by Danny Tejera and directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, this summer at Second Stage Theater Uptown.

ETERNAL LIFE PART 1 At The Wilma Theater Now Streaming

Digital theater pioneer the Wilma Theater is offering a streaming version of its onstage production ETERNAL LIFE PART 1, which was written by Nathan Alan Davis and directed by Morgan Green, who directed the world premiere digital production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning FAT HAM. The production will be available to view on demand from May 1-14.

Tim Sanford and Aimée Hayes Launch The Tent Theater Company, Dedicated to Supporting Elder Playwrights

Tim Sanford, former artistic director of Playwrights Horizons, and Aimée Hayes, former producing artistic director of Southern Rep, have launched The Tent Theater Company.

Industry Reading of Tina Howe's WHERE WOMEN GO to be Presented This Month

 Concord Theatricals and The Tent Theater Company will present an invite-only industry reading of Tina Howe’s latest and final collection of plays, Where Women Go, on April 25, 2023, at 59E59.


Tina Howe has written 2 shows including Coastal Disturbances (Playwright), The 24 Hour Plays 2006 (Playwright).

Tina Howe has been nominated for several awards throughout her career. She received a nomination for the Best American Play at the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards for her play "Pride's Crossing." Additionally, she was nominated for the Best Play category at the Tony Awards for her work on "Coastal Disturbances." Howe also received a nomination for the John Gassner Playwriting Award at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for her play "Painting Churches." Lastly, she was nominated for the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for Drama for "Painting Churches" as well.

Tina Howe has won several awards for her work in the theater industry. She received the Best American Play award from the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards for her play "Pride's Crossing." Additionally, she was honored with the John Gassner Playwriting Award from the Outer Critics Circle Awards for her play "Painting Churches." These accolades recognize the talent and creativity that Howe brings to her writing, solidifying her status as a respected playwright in the Broadway community.

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