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Walt McGough is a Boston-based playwright (by way of Pittsburgh and Chicago), and a current Playwriting Fellow at the Huntington Theatre Company. His plays include The Farm (IRNE & Broadway World Boston Nominee, Best New Play), Priscilla Dreams the Answer (IRNE Nominee, Best New Play), Dante Dies!! (and then things get weird), The Haberdasher! (a tale of derring-do)Paper City Phoenix, and Pattern of Life, and he has worked around the country with companies such as The Lark, the Huntington, Boston Playwrights Theatre, New Rep, Fresh Ink, Sideshow Theatre Company, Orfeo Group, Nu Sass Productions, Chicago Dramatists, and The Second City Chicago. He won the 2011 Best Comedy Award from the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, DC, and was named one of the Boston Globe’s 2012 Artists on the Rise. He was the recipient of the Kennedy Center’s 2010 Ken Ludwig Scholarship and a writing fellowship to the 2010 O’Neill Playwrights Conference, and was a finalist for ACTF’s John Cauble Short Play and ten-minute awards. He is a founding ensemble member of Sideshow Theatre Company, for which he serves as Literary Manager. He currently serves on the staff at SpeakEasy Stage Company in Boston, and was previously the Company Manager at Chicago Dramatists. He holds a BA from the University of Virginia, and an MFA in Playwriting from Boston University.

Awards, Honors & Commissions

  • 2015-2016 Next Voices Fellow at New Rep Theatre
  • Winner, 2015 Milken Playwriting Prize
  • Pattern of Life named Best New Play 2014 by the Independent Reviewers of New England
  • Chalk selected for 2014 Playwrights Week at the Lark
  • Chalk a finalist for the 2014 Source Festival
  • 2013-2014 Next Voices Fellow at New Rep Theatre
  • Paper City Phoenix a finalist for the 2013 Source Festival
  • 2012-2014 Playwriting Fellow with the Huntington Theatre Company
  • Named one of twelve “Artists on the Rise in 2012” by the Boston Globe
  • Winner, 2011 Best Comedy at the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, DC, for Priscilla Dreams the Answer
  • 2011 Short-Play Commission from Playwrights Commons, Boston, MA
  • Selected Participant, 2011 Kennedy Center MFA Workshop
  • Finalist, WordBridge 2011 Development Workshop
  • “Two Socks Discuss Loss” published by Smith & Kraus
  • 2010 Ken Ludwig Scholarship for Body of Work (KCACTF)
  • National Finalist, 2010 John Cauble Award (KCACTF)
  • National Finalist, 2010 Ten-Minute Play Award (KCACTF)
  • Finalist, 2009 Heideman Award
  • Finalist, 2008 Heideman Award
  • 3rd Place, 2006 David Mark Cohen Award (KCACTF)

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