Wendy MacLeod

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Wendy MacLeod
Education Kenyon College, BA, graduated with Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa
Yale School of Drama, MFA in Playwriting
Notable work(s)

Slow Food (2015)

Women in Jeopardy! (2015)

The Ballad of Bonnie Prince Chucky (2014)

Find and Sign (2012)

Things Being What They Are (2003)

Juvenilia (2003)

The Water Children (1997)

Schoolgirl Figure (1995)

Sin (1994)

The Shallow End and The Lost Colony (one-acts) (1992)

The House of Yes (1990)

Apocalyptic Butterflies (1987)
Website www.wendymacleod.com

Wendy A. MacLeod (born August 6, 1959)[1] is an American playwright.

MacLeod received a BA from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where she now teaches and is a playwright-in-residence.[2] She received a MFA from the Yale School of Drama.[3]

Her works include the plays Sin and Schoolgirl Figure, both of which premiered at Chicago's Goodman Theatre and were directed by David Petrarca. The House of Yes, which premiered in San Francisco at the Magic Theatre and was the theatre's second-longest running show, became an award-winning film by the same name starring Parker Posey and earned a Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival.[4] Other works include The Water Children, Things Being What They Are, and Juvenilia.

Her play Juvenilia, a comic drama[5] about college students "attempting to find love", premiered off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons, as did her play The Water Children, both directed by longtime collaborator Petrarca, which has also been seen at Los Angeles’ Matrix Theater where it was cited as "the most challenging political play of 1998" by the L.A. Weekly and earned six L.A. Drama Critics Circle nominations.[6][7] Things Being What They Are premiered at the Seattle Repertory Theatre and was then seen at Steppenwolf in Chicago in 2003 where its sold-out run was extended twice.[8] The House of Yes has been performed at Soho Repertory Theatre, at the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin and at The Gate Theater in London, where it was published in Plays International. MacLeod's play, Find and Sign, premiered at Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2012. Set in the New York City music industry (with a slight nod to Othello), Find and Sign is about a bumpy romance between an on-the-rise young record executive and an idealistic public school teacher.[9]

Her critically acclaimed comedy Women in Jeopardy! premiered at Geva Theater in 2015, directed by Sean Daniels, and her newest play Slow Food was invited to the 2015 National Playwrights Conference.[10][11] She has been a guest professor at Northwestern University’s film and theater departments. Her prose and humor pieces appeared in Poetry magazine, The New York Times, Salon, The Rumpus, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, The Washington Post, and All Things Considered.

She is married to Read Baldwin and has two sons: Foss and Avery Baldwin.


  1. ^ U.S. Public Records Index, Vol 1 (Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), 2010.
  2. ^ "Wendy MacLeod, James Michael Playwright-in-Residence". Kenyon College. Retrieved 2007-02-08. 
  3. ^ "Wendy MacLeod". Playscripts. Retrieved 2015-04-30. 
  4. ^ "The A.C.T. Young Conservatory Tackles Controversial, and Hysterical, Play by the Author of The House of Yes". American Conservatory Theater. Retrieved 2007-02-08. 
  5. ^ MacLeod, Wendy. "Wendy MacLeod: Juvenilia". Retrieved 2007-03-03. 
  6. ^ "Wendy MacLeod". Samuel French. 
  7. ^ "L.A. Drama Critics Go for the 'Ganesh'--8 Nominations". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2015-04-30. 
  8. ^ "Wendy MacLeod". Kenyon College. Retrieved 2015-04-30. 
  9. ^ "Wendy MacLeod Find and Sign". Wendy MacLeod. Retrieved 2015-04-30. 
  10. ^ "Women in Jeopardy!". Geva Theatre Center. Retrieved 2015-04-30. 
  11. ^ "O'Neill National Playwrights Conference Sets 2015 Slate". Variety. Retrieved 2015-04-30. 

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