BGSU Magazine Spring 2007

America's premier playwright places arts education center stage - Edward Albee


Edward Albee is on a mission. You might think a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner would be content to rest on his laurels, but Albee is passionate about getting people to think–about the importance of the arts, about how to live a useful and satisfying life, about what it means to be a responsible citizen in a democratic society and about how we can best serve students who are interested in the arts.

In November, BGSU Firelands hosted Albee, one of the most heralded dramatists of the 20th century, for a three-day artist residency. Albee held a writer’s talk, “Improvisations and the Creative Mind,” spoke with area high school students and teachers, presented “The State of Theatre and Arts in America,” attended a production
of his play Counting the Ways and was
a guest at several campus receptions.

One of the most celebrated playwrights of the 20th century

First Successful Play
The Zoo Story
, 1959

Tony and New York Drama Critics Circle Awards
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
restaged on Broadway 2005

Tony Award for Best Play
The Goat
, 2002

Pulitzer Prizes
A Delicate Balance
, 1966
, 1975
Three Tall Women
, 1991

Current Project
Restaging The Lady from Dubuque
this spring with Dame Maggie Smith in London.