Richard Maxwell (director)

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Richard Maxwell (born 1967) is an American experimental theater director and playwright in New York City. He is artistic director of the New York City Players.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Originally from West Fargo, North Dakota, Maxwell began his professional career with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company.[2] While in Chicago, he became a co-founder and a director of the Cook County Theater Department.[3]

In 2000 Maxwell received a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant to Artists award, along with a project grant from Creative Capital.[4][5] In 2010 Maxwell received a Guggenheim Fellowship,[6] and in 2012 received the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award.[7] Also in 2012, Maxwell was an invited artist in the Whitney Biennial.[8]


  • Maxwell, Richard (2004). Plays: 1996-2000. New York: Theatre Communications Group. ISBN 1559362286. OCLC 470079707.
  • Maxwell, Richard (2015). Theater for Beginners (1st ed.). New York: Theatre Communications Group. ISBN 9781559364867. OCLC 875240238.


  1. ^ Gorman, Sarah (2012). The Theatre of Richard Maxwell and the New York City Players. Taylor and Francis. ISBN 9781136680755.
  2. ^ Als, Hilton (15 January 2018). "Richard Maxwell's Essential Theatre". The New Yorker.
  3. ^ McKinley, Jesse (18 January 2006). "Playwright's Trademark Is Deadpan. Now He Wants to Tweak It". The New York Times.
  4. ^ "Richard Maxwell". Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Creative Capital - Grants". 2000. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  6. ^ "John Simon Guggenheim Foundation - Richard Maxwell". Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  7. ^ Grant Recipients. "2012 Doris Duke Artist Awards". Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Richard Maxwell in Residence". (Press release). 25 April 2012.

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