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Wendy MacLeod

Playwright and Educator
Thursday Keynote, Ten-Minute Play Respondent
Wendy MacLeod is a dynamic playwright who has enjoyed success through her own work and by fostering emerging playwrights. She is most widely known for The House of Yes which was adapted into an award winning film and has had very successful stage runs in theatres around the world. MacLeod strives to move beyond stories that follow expected routes and instead tackles topics considered to be taboo such as incest, eating disorders, and religion. 
Critics praise her for her acerbic wit, her compelling anti-heroines, and her ability to highlight social issues with a fresh perspective.

"One of my playwriting strategies has often been to create a character who presents the opposite point of view in a way that is persuasive.” 

Cultivating new talent is one of Wendy’s passions and she is also a veteran educator with a broad range of knowledge that spans the professional and academic worlds. She has been published in The New York Times, POETRY Magazine and on NPR’s All Things Considered. A graduate of Yale School of Drama, she is the James E. Michael Playwright-in-Residence at Kenyon College.