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Bonnie Metzgar

Lecturer in Playwriting

Bonnie Metzgar is a playwright, director, and producer who specializes in creating socially provocative theatre works. She is also an activist using intersectional politics to make structural change in the nonprofit American theatre. Recently, she led American Theater Company in Chicago through the leadership search that hired Will Davis, the first trans-identified artistic leader of a major cultural institution in the U.S.

From 2008 to 2013, Metzgar served as artistic director of About Face Theatre and was on the Founding National Advisory Council for Howlround. She was a member of the Goodman Theater’s resident Playwrights Unit and was awarded the Carl Djerassi Fellowship in Playwriting at the University of Wisconsin. Her plays have been finalists for the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Festival and the Great Plains Theater Conference. Metzgar is best known as co-creator of the international public art project called the 365 Festival—a yearlong play cycle by Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Suzan Lori Parks in 2006–07.

Previously, she served as associate producer at the Public Theater, where she founded Joe’s Pub. Metzgar has taught at numerous universities and enjoys an ongoing relationship with the low-residency MFA program at Hollins University. Metzgar received her MFA in playwriting from the University of Iowa and her BA cum laude from Brown University.