Tina Howe, playwright
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Tina Howe’s most produced plays include “Birth and After Birth”, “Museum”, “The Art of Dining”, “Painting Churches”, “Coastal Disturbances”, “Approaching Zanzibar” and “Pride’s Crossing”. These and other works premiered at the Public Theater, the Kennedy Center, Second Stage, The Old Globe Theatre, Lincoln Center Theater, the Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Atlantic Theater Company, Primary Stages as well as being translated and produced abroad. Among her many awards are an Obie for Distinguished playwriting, a Tony nomination for best Play, an Outer Circle Critics Award, a Rockefeller Grant, two N.E.A. Fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, the Sidney Kingsley Award, the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, two honorary degrees, the William Inge Award for Distinguished Achievement in the American Theatre, a Lilly Award for Lifetime Achievement, and most recently, PEN’s Master American Playwright award in 2015. A two time finalist for the Pulitzer prize, Ms. Howe has taught at NYU, Columbia, Carnegie Mellon and UCLA before becoming Visiting Professor at Hunter College in 1990, then going on to launch the Rita and Burton Goldberg MFA in Playwriting in 2010 as Playwright-in-Residence. Her works can be read in numerous anthologies as well as in Coastal Disturbances: Four Plays by Tina Howe and Birth and After Birth and Other Plays: A Marriage Cycle, published by Theatre Communications Group. Her other publications include her translations of Ionesco's “The Bald Soprano' and 'The Lesson' (Grove Press) and Shrinking Violets and Towering Tiger Lilies: Seven Brief Plays about Women in Distress, (Samuel French), She is also the subject of Howe in an Hour, edited by Judith Barlow, published by Smith and Kraus. Ms. Howe is proud to have served on the council of the Dramatists Guild since 1990.
Judy Gold, comedian
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Two-time Emmy Award winner Judy Gold is a veteran of stand-up comedy, known for her edgy wit, sharp timing, and infamous crowd work. Consistently appealing to all generations and backgrounds, Judy can be found throughout most mediums of entertainment: TV; Film; Web-Series'; Stage; Storytelling; Radio/Podcasting; Writing and thanks to her music degree in piano from Rutgers University - Music:Combining many of her talents into two critically acclaimed Off-Broadway solo-shows: The Judy Show - My Life As A Sitcom and 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother. Off-Broadway: Clinton the Musical; Love, Loss and What I Wore; Disaster! the Musical; The Vagina Monologues; and most recently, Clinton the Musical at New World Stages.
You can find her on most episodes of 'truTV's:World's Dumbest,'many episodes of 'The View,' 'The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore,' 'Today with Katie Lee and Hoda' and 'The Wendy Williams Show.' She's appeared on The Food Network's 'Chopped All-Stars' as a competitor (don't ask), 'Rachel vs Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off' and 'The Next Food Network Star' as well as TLC's 'The Next Great Baker.'
Judy was also featured on 'Louie,' 'The Jim Gaffigan Show,' episodes of NBC's '30 Rock' and 'Morning Joe,' ABC's 'Melissa & Joey' and 'Celebrity Wife Swap,' (as the first same-sex couple in the show's history), CBS's '2 Broke Girls,' and 'The Doctors,' and Showtime's 'The Big C,' as well as 'Ugly Betty', 'Law & Order,' 'SVU,' 'Hollywood Squares,' and was featured in an episode of 'The Glades' on A&E and 'Are We There Yet?' on TBS.
She hosts a free, weekly podcast, 'Kill Me Now' that focuses on everything that annoys her and her guests & can be heard regularly on several other podcasts and radio programs including 'Opie & Anthony,' 'Keith and the Girl', 'WTF with Marc Maron', NPR's 'The Moth,' 'I Hate My Wife,' and more.
Gold's stand-up specials include 'Comedy Central Presents: Judy Gold', Comedy Central's 'Tough Crowd Stands Up,' and Judy's own HBO half-hour special for which she received 'The Cable Ace Award.' She's appeared on 'The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson,' 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,' 'The Conan O'Brien Show,' and in a half-hour comedy special for LOGO.
Along with stepping in as host for 'The Wendy Williams Show,' 'Anderson Cooper' and 'The View,' she's also hosted Comedy Central's '100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time,' 'NickMom Night Out,' 'The GLAAD Media Awards' on VH1 and HBO's 'At the Multiplex with Judy Gold,' which ran for nearly a decade. You can also see her in films, This is Where I Leave You,The Aristocrats and the documentaries Making Trouble, I am Comic and HBO's All Aboard! You can also catch her in NYC hosting the Funny People Series at the 92Y.
Judy Gold won her two Emmy Awards for writing and producing 'The Rosie O'Donnell Show' and was nominated twice for The American Comedy Award's 'Funniest Female Stand-Up.'
In addition to her 2 plays, stand-up shows and at least a couple bar mitzvahs, Judy's opinions, interviews, blogs and articles have contributed to several notable publications including The Huffington Post, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Wondertime Magazine, Momlogic and The Advocate.