Lynn M. Thomson
Professor, Dramaturgy and American Theater

Lynn Thomson (Brooklyn College)
403S Whitehead Hall
718-951-5000 x2764

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PhD, Theater, New York Univesity
MFA, Directing, Temple University
BA, Theater, University of Michigan

Lynn M. Thomson is a dramaturg, director, teacher, and scholar. She received a MFA in Directing from Temple University and a PhD from New York University. For the last 20 years, she has devoted herself primarily to the development and production of new American plays. As Associate Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Theatre Company, she created/administrated “Stages,” a new play festival. 1991–95, she was Dramaturg at Circle Repertory Company, where she worked with Craig Lucas, Paula Vogel, Joyce Carol Oates, Regina Taylor, Anne Bogart, among many other significant American writers and directors. She has been Dramaturg on numerous productions, including Rent (Broadway and Off-Broadway). In theatres throughout the USA, she has directed over 100 productions, as well as innumerable readings and workshops of new plays. Theatres include The Philadelphia Theatre Company, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, and Circle Repertory Company.

Currently, she is Founding Artistic Director of America-in-Play [AIP,], founded in 2005. This multi-discipline company, now consisting of playwrights, composers, directors, dramaturgs, and video artists, explores the legacy from popular drama and performance between the American Revolution and World War I, for the purpose of learning a neglected cultural legacy, which is the inspiration for new writing and performance.

Thomson has taught at New York University, University of Evansville, and 1997–2001, headed the MFA in Dramaturgy at Brooklyn College, where she is now a tenured Associate Professor. Her articles have been published in Journal of American Drama and Theater, Theatre Topics, American Theatre, Parabasis, and Lincoln Center Review. Her book Between the Lines: The Process of Dramaturgy, co-authored with Judith Rudakoff, was published in 2002.