Visiting Playwright in Residence
Primary Academic Program: Theater and Performance
Biography:Karen Hartman is a 2019 John Simon Memorial Guggenheim Fellow who writes about human beings in the crosshairs of history. Her play Good Faith: Four Chats about Race and the New Haven Fire Department premiered at Yale Repertory Theatre in 2019. Three recent works, Roz and Ray (Edgerton Foundation New Play Prize), The Book of Joseph, and Project Dawn (NEA Arts Works Grant, NNPN Rolling World Premiere), had 10 productions across the country in the 2016–18 seasons. The Book of Joseph set records as the highest grossing play in the history of Everyman Theatre in Baltimore. Current musical collaborations include Alice Bliss (with Jenny Giering and Adam Gwon) for Playwrights Horizons and Rattlesnake Kate (with Neyla Pekarek), commissioned by and slated for production at the Denver Center. As a librettist, Hartman wrote new dialogue for Mozart’s Magic Flute, which premiered with Pacific MusicWorks at Seattle’s Meany Center in 2015. Her personal and political essays have appeared in the New York Times and Washington Post. She also wrote an introduction for Double Exposure: Plays of the Jewish and Palestinian Diasporas, published in 2017 by Playwrights Canada Press. Hartman’s work has been supported by, among others, the Rockefeller Foundation at Bellagio, National Endowment for the Arts, Helen Merrill Foundation, MacDowell Colony, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, and Sustainable Arts Foundation. Additional honors include a McKnight Residency, Joseph A. Callaway Award from New Dramatists, Jerome Fellowship, and Fulbright Scholarship. She has also been a guest artist at the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain and Senior Artist in Residence at the University of Washington.
BA, Yale University. BFA, Yale School of Drama. At Bard since 2020.
Location: Fisher Center for the Performing Arts