Discipline: Theatre – playwriting

Steve Cosson

Discipline: Theatre – playwriting
Region: New York
MacDowell fellowships: 2003, 2018, 2021

Steve Cosson is a director, writer, and artistic director of The Civilians. Recent productions include Jill Sobule’s musical Times Square; the new children’s musical The Abominables, (writer/director, songs by Michael Friedman) at Children’s Theater Company; writer/director of The Undertaking (59E59, BAM Next Wave, Theatre de la Ville, Paris, US Tour); José Rivera’s Another Word for Beauty (Goodman Theatre); Rimbaud in New York (BAM); Michael Friedman and Bess Wohl’s Pretty Filthy; the Off-Broadway revival of The Belle of Amherst starring Joely Richardson; The Great Immensity (The Public Theater, Kansas City Rep); Anne Washburn’s Mr. Burns, a post-electric play (Playwrights Horizons, Woolly Mammoth); This Beautiful City (Vineyard, Kirk Douglas Theatre, Humana Festival and others); Ethel’s Documerica (BAM Next Wave) and many others. With The Civilians he created several works as the first theater company in residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In residence in 2018, Cosson worked on play about the aftermath of the BP oil spill. The play is a commission from the Manhattan Theatre Club in association with The Civilians. He made further progress on the script for The Gulf (working title), during his 2021 residency. The play focuses on the work of Louisiana environmentalist and toxicologist Wilma Subra. The play draws on many interviews conducted in the Gulf region tracking various stories about the human health costs of the petrochemical industry in the area. Recently, Cosson contributed to the play Dana H. by Lucas Hnath, which opened on Broadway in October 2021. Cosson conducted the interview with Hnath's mother, which is the basis for the text and audio of the production.

Studios

Phi Beta

Steve Cosson worked in the Phi Beta studio.

Funded by the Phi Beta Fraternity, a national professional fraternity of music and speech founded in 1912, Phi Beta Studio was built from 1929–1931 of granite quarried on the MacDowell grounds. The small studio is very simple in design, but displays a pleasing combination of materials with its granite walls and colorful slate roofing. Inside is a…

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