Theater Faculty

Sydné Mahone

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Sydné Mahone is an independent dramaturg and the editor of two books: Moon Marked and Touched By Sun: Plays By African American Women; and With Ossie and Ruby: In This Life Together. She was an associate professor of Theatre Arts and African American Studies at the University of Iowa. She served as guest editor of The Review, the journal of Literary Managers & Dramaturgs of the Americas, for a special edition on African American Dramaturgy. She was a panelist at August Wilson’s National Black Theatre Summit: “On Golden Pond,” and selected as Scholar-in-Residence at The Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities. The first literary manager and director of play development at Crossroads Theatre Company (1985-1997), her production dramaturgy credits include new plays by Rita Dove, August Wilson, Ntozake Shange, George C. Wolfe, Leslie Lee, Aishah Rahman, Don Evans, Ruby Dee, Richard Wesley, Talvin Wilks, Dominic Taylor and Marian X. She was founding staff producer of the Genesis Festival of New Voices. Recent affiliations: Script consultant, King Kong, The Musical!, book by Jack Thorne; Dramaturgy, Hard Times, book by Craig Lucas and Larry Kirwan, Broadway development for Paradise Square; Ford’s Theatre; Karin Coonrod’s Compagnia de’ Colombari; The Play Company; New Dramatists; Negro Ensemble Company’s Emerging Playwrights Competition; and When Day Comes, by Ricardo Khan in collaboration with and featuring Sweet Honey in the Rock, Crossroads Festival Theatre. Education: B.A., Douglass College; Master of Theatre Arts, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.

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