Baryshnikov Arts Center Resident Artist

Ain Gordon

Ain Gordon will develop Not What Happened, a new play that questions the politics of historical re-enactment.

"I find my way into new work by purposeful accident. I un-tether myself. The first to arrive is never plot. Rather someone arrives who can speak. Then I scramble for a container—a situation to tilt that speaker into action."
- Ain Gordon

Ain Gordon
Artist Bio

Ain Gordon

Ain Gordon is a three-time Obie Award-winning writer/director/actor, a two-time NYFA Fellow and the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in Playwriting. Current projects include a commission for the Painted Bride Arts Center supported by the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative and a new play developed with Vermont Performance, Marlboro College, MASSMoCA, and Flynn Center for the Performing Arts.

Previous work has been commissioned/developed/presented by New York Theater Workshop, Soho Rep., The Public Theatre, 651 ARTS, Dance Theater Workshop, Performance Space 122, the Kitchen Theatre, and HERE Arts Center (all NY); the Mark Taper Forum (CA), the George Street Playhouse (NJ), the Krannert Center (IL), the Baltimore Museum of Art (MD), DiverseWorks (TX), Spirit Square (NC), VSA North Fourth Arts Center (NM), Jacob’s Pillow (MA), LexArts (KY), and Dance Space (DC), etc. Gordon’s 2003 work Art Life & Show-Biz, A Non-Fiction Play, is published in Palgrave Macmillan’s Dramaturgy Of The Real On The World Stage. Gordon twice collaborated with choreographer Bebe Miller on works presented at the Wexner Center (OH), Myrna Loy Center/Helena Presents (MT), and the Bates Dance Festival (ME), etc. Collaborations with David Gordon were commissioned and produced by American Repertory Theatre (MA), American Conservatory Theater (CA) and American Music Theatre Festival (PA). Gordon was in the original Off-Broadway cast of Spalding Gray: Stories Left To Tell and toured the production to venues including UCLA Live, TBA Festival at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (OR), The ICA Boston (Elliot Norton Award nom), the Walker Art Center (MN), and New Territories (UK), etc.

Gordon also wrote for NBC’s “Will & Grace.” Gordon has received support from the Multi-Arts Production Fund (MAP), the Jerome Foundation, the Greenwall Foundation, the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Art, the Department of Cultural Affairs, the NPN, the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, AT&T OnStage, and the Arts Presenters Ensemble Theatre Collaborations Program funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Trust etc. Currently, Gordon is a Core Writer of the Playwright’s Center in Minneapolis, a Visiting Artist at the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Artist-in-Residence at the Center for Creative Research, Co-Founder of the Urban Memory Project and has been Co-Director of the Pick Up Performance Co(S) since 1992.


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