Marie Kohler, 2018 New Plays from the Heartland Guest Playwright
Named “Artist of the Year” by Milwaukee Arts Board, Kohler has written five plays, all of which have received significant recognition. She is a longtime member of the professional Milwaukee theater community as an actor, producer, director and dramaturg, and is a freelance writer for local and national publications. Raised in Wisconsin, Kohler holds a BA from Harvard University (magna cum laude) and an MA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. A co-founder of Renaissance Theaterworks, Kohler served as Co-Artistic director for a 20 year tenure and its Resident Playwright for 25 years. THE WITCH’S HOUSE, Kohler’s most recent playwriting venture, currently in development with prize-winning composer Josh Schmidt, was named a finalist for both the Todd McNerney Playwriting Award and the Wisconsin Wrights Play Festival. THE DIG was nominated for the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize (along with BOSWELL’S DREAMS and COUNTING DAYS). Her BOSWELL’S DREAMS was named “Best of the Year” by Milwaukee Magazine in 2005 (and is currently being re-written for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival). MIDNIGHT AND MOLL FLANDERS earned “Best New Play of 2000” from Milwaukee Magazine and will be produced next season at University of Wisconsin-Parkside. COUNTING DAYS earned a nomination for the American Association of Theater Critics’ “Best New Regional Play.” A GIRL OF THE LIMBERLOST, an adaptation from the novel, earned honorable mention for the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild’s Julie Harris Playwright Award. Marie is a member of The Dramatists Guild, The Playwrights Center, Chicago Dramatists, and sits on the board of Wisconsin Humanities Council. She and her actor husband, Brian Mani, live in Wisconsin and have three grown children and seven grandchildren.
Marie’s OPEN FORUM ON PLAYWRITING: Plan to attend a one-hour talk by Marie Kohler at Heartland on Thursday, July 12, at 7:30 pm. She will talk about tips and tricks of playwriting. The event is free and open to the community.