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Robert O’Hara

By Wes Calkin

Robert O’Hara received the 2010 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play for Woolly Mammoth’s production of his Antebellum. He both wrote and directed Woolly’s acclaimed Bootycandy. He wrote and directed Insurrection: Holding History at the New York Shakespeare Festival; the piece received the Oppenheimer Award for Best New American Play. His plays, which also include Brave Brood, Good Breeding, and American Maul, have been produced around the world, and he has been awarded a Rockefeller Fellowship, TCG Extended Collaboration Grant, NEA/TCG Fellowship, a Van Lier Fellow at New Dramatists, the first Mark Taper Forum’s Sherwood Award, and the TANNE Award for Exceptional Body of Work. As a director, his work has been seen at the McCarter Theater, Magic Theater, CTG/Kirk Douglas Theater, Alliance Theater, Cit Theater, Primary Stages (OBIE Award), Yale Rep, American Conservatory Theater, The Goodman Theater, Guthrie Theater, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Edinburgh Fringe Fest, The Market Theater in Johannesburg, The Baxter Theater in Cape Town, The Culture Project, The Flea, Athenaeum Theater, and Philadelphia Theater Company. He has taught at UCSD, DePaul University, NYU, UI Chicago, and Tufts. He has written films for Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, Jon Avnet, Richard Zanuck, HBO, ABC, Universal Pictures, Sony Pictures, New Line/Fine Line Cinema and Artisan Entertainment. He received his Directing MFA from Columbia University.