Taylor Mac was named artist-in-residence for ALL ARTS on Tuesday. The appointment, as announced in the New York Times, establishes the veteran theater artist the first to ever hold the position.
Mac has had a prolific career as a playwright, actor, singer-songwriter, performance artist, director and producer, with works that have been performed on Broadway, at the Public Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, the Kennedy Center, Sydney Opera House and many more. In 2017, Mac secured a spot as a Pulitzer Prize finalist in drama for the critically acclaimed work “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music.” Most recently, the artist presented “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus” on Broadway, earning seven Tony Award nominations in 2019.
“We are so fortunate to have been able to create an opportunity that amplifies the work of a talented artist like Taylor Mac, providing inspiration for our fans and viewers,” said ALL ARTS co-executive in charge Diane Masciale. “Taylor has already proven to be an innovative and groundbreaking creator. We cannot wait to see the amazing works that he will create during the artist in residence program.”
As part of the residency, Mac will create video content to air on the ALL ARTS channel, streaming app and other digital platforms. While the parameters of the project have been left open, Mac will be co-producing the work with Pomegranate Arts.
“Artists and performers like Taylor do not come around often,” said Jörn Weisbrodt, artistic director of ALL ARTS. “In his cathartic work and live shows he has the most unique ability of breaking all taboos and rules without ever losing the audience’s admiration or trust. You follow him wherever his songs and words lead you and leave the theater changed, smarter, and more enlightened. I am proud that a true innovator agreed to be the first artist in residence of ALL ARTS.”
As for Mac? “It’s thrilling to create original content for a channel called ALL ARTS,” Mac said. “That’s like getting asked to make work for my idea of utopia.”