Gwydion Suilebhan is a playwright, cultural critic, and essayist.

As a playwright, Suilebhan's writing has been noted for its “dexterous theatricality and unexpected pleasure” (Washington Post). His work has been commissioned, developed, and produced by Centerstage, the Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Gulfshore Playhouse, the Workshop Theater, Forum Theatre, Theater J, and Theater Alliance, among others. His plays include The Butcher, Reals, Abstract Nude, Let X, and the Helen Hayes Award-nominated Transmission, among others. (You can learn more about his work on the New Play Exchange.)

Two of his plays—Abstract Nude and Cracked—have been published by Original Works. His short play Vertical Constellation with Bomb was anthologized in the Best American Short Plays 2014-15. Suilebhan is also the author of Anthem, a short film directed by Hal Hartley.

With co-author Steven Gimbel, Suilebhan writes about comedy, politics, and philosophy for Salon, Moment, USA Today, the Baltimore Sun, and 3 Quarks Daily, among other publications. They are currently working on a history of Jewish American comedy. Suilebhan has also written extensively about the intersections between theater and technology for HowlRound.

Suilebhan has received two Individual Artist Fellowships from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, three from the Montgomery County Arts Council, and one from the Maryland State Arts Council. He was also the recipient of a Larry Neal Writing Award from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Earlier in his career, Suilebhan primarily wrote poetry. He served as the poetry editor of Barrelhouse from 2004 to 2006 and taught writing as an adjunct member of the faculty of the Maryland Institute, College of Art. Suilebhan earned a Master of Arts in poetry from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Allen Grossman and Peter Sacks. Earlier, he earned his Bachelor of Arts in poetry from Northwestern University, where he studied with essayist Joseph Epstein and poets Mary Kinzie and Alan Shapiro.

P.S. He has a blog, but he doesn't update it very often.

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