Profile Type: Artist
Carolyn Gage

Carolyn Gage is a playwright, performer, director, and activist. The author of nine books on lesbian theatre and sixty-five plays, musicals, and one-woman shows, she specializes in non-traditional roles for women, especially those reclaiming famous lesbians whose stories have been distorted or erased from history. She won the Maine Literary Award in Drama, and her collection of plays The Second Coming of Joan of Arc and Selected Plays won the Lambda Literary Award in Drama, the top LGBT book award in the US. In 2014, she was one of six featured playwrights at the UNESCO-sponsored World Theatre Day in Rome, Italy. Her work has been widely produced and published, and she has lectured and performed all over the US, also touring to Canada, Ireland, France and Italy. Please see her website for complete vitae. All of her books and plays are available online at

Additional Links: 
The Second Coming of Joan of Arc performed by Carolyn Gage, audio clip. (Scroll down the webpage)
Podcasts from the Lesbian Tent Revival
Public Radio interview on "Interrupting Racism Workshop"
Interview with Merry Gangemi for Goddard Radio
Interview on Butch Archetypes for This Way Out
Interview on Art and Survival for KPFA
This is a DBA for Gage's production work.

I Have Worked With

  • January 2014

    They produced one of the plays for which I wrote a script... "On the Other Hand."

  • March 2001

    They have produced many of my plays over the last 12 years.

  • Artist

Contact Information

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Job Title/Position: 
playwright, performer
Mailing Address: 
PO Box 1175 29 Wesley Avenue
Southwest Harbor, ME 04679
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PO Box 1175 29 Wesley Avenue
Southwest Harbor, ME 04679
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Primary Discipline: 
Theater - Playwriting
Additional Disciplines: 
Humanities - General
Humanities - Art History & Criticism
Humanities - Cultural Heritage
Literary Arts - Non-Fiction
Literary Arts - Publishing
Literary Arts - Spoken Word
Theater - General
Theater - Musical
Theater - Playwriting
Theater - Puppet
Theater - Storytelling
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General Public
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Artist (Individual)
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Arts Instruction / Lessons
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Performance / Concert / Reading
Public Relations Services
Residency - In School
Writing Services
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Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Dramatists Guild
2014 Good Idea Grant, Maine Arts Commission
2012 Maine Literary Award in Drama, Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance.
Finalist, Heideman Award, National 10-Minute Play Contest, Actors Theatre of Louisville
Landsdowne Visiting Scholar, University of Victoria, BC.
“10 Most Intriguing People in Maine,” Portland Monthly, Portland, ME.
Wurlitzer Foundation Residency (Robert Chesley Foundation Grant), Taos, NM.
National Winner, The Second Coming of Joan of Arc and Selected Plays, Lambda Literary Award in Drama, Lambda Literary Foundation.
Nominee, Michael MacLiammor Award (Best Female Performer), Dublin International Gay Theatre Festival.
Lynda Hart Memorial Grant, Astraea Lesbian Justice Foundation, NYC.
Ugly Ducklings, nominated for American Theatre Critics/Steinberg Award. (Best new play of the year produced outside New York) by American Theatre Critics Association.
Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation Grant, Hollywood, CA.
Maine Women Writers Research Support Grant, Univ. of New England, Westbrook, ME

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
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I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
School / University
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Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Ages Served: 
High School-age
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