Jeanie O’Hare, company dramaturg since 2005 of the Royal Shakespeare Company, is the new chairwoman of the Department of Playwriting at the Yale School of Drama, effective July 1, for a three-year term.
At the RSC, she has been responsible for dozens of commissions that have brought the works of living playwrights back to high visibility within the company’s repertoire. These include plays by such writers as debbie tucker green, David Greig, Natalia Vorozhbit and Roy Williams, as well as the recent “Matilda The Musical” by Dennis Kelly with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin.
O’Hare also brought playwrights into the RSC for extended residencies through the RSC/Warwick International Playwright In Residence program, forged an alliance with LAByrinth Theater Company in New York City, and conducted play development workshops at the University of Michigan, among many other projects.
Prior to her work at the RSC, O’Hare served as Literary Manager for Hampstead Theatre for four years, and worked for seven seasons in the artistic and literary offices of the Royal Court Theatre. She trained as a sculptor at the Falmouth School of Art in Cornwall, and is a writer of fiction.
O’Hare will participate in the admissions process and planning for the incoming class of 2015 and beyond. She will lead a department that includes Eugene O’Neill Professor (Adjunct) of Playwriting Paula Vogel, who had previouis led the department, and Associate Chair Kenneth Prestininzi. The current School of Drama Playwriting faculty also includes Michael Korie, Lisa Kron, Lynn Nottage, Frank Pugliese, Sarah Ruhl, Rachel Sheinkin, and Deborah Stein.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun