Susan Yankowitz
Affiliated Writer
New York, NY

Susan Yankowitz is a librettist and novelist, sometimes a screenwriter, most frequently a playwright. Among her best-known works are Terminal and 1969 Terminal 1969 (with Joseph Chaikin's Open Theatre), A Knife in the Heart/GunNight SkyPhaedra in Delirium, and Seven, a documentary drama about 7 remarkable women by 7 women playwrights which has been translated into 28 languages and performed internationally, most recently in Japan, Canada, and Malaysia. Thumbprint, her opera about Mucktar Mai (with Kamala Sankaram), opened at L.A. Opera in June 2017 to great acclaim. Night Sky received the 2016 Massachusetts Critics Circle Award for Best Play and was published in Hebrew. Her latest play is called The Crazy but True Tragical-Farcical Trial of Madam P, A Theatrical Besiary Inspired by Trials of the Middle Ages wherein a Pig and Various 4-Legged and Winged Creatures are Prosecuted for Theft, Murder, Bestiality, and Diverse Crimes agains Humankind, a title which may tell more than you want to know. Her life in theater has been aided and comforted by support from the NEA, NYFA, HERE, Guggenheim, and Rockefeller Foundations, Opera America, Bogliasco, MacDowell, Yaddo, the Hermitage, and others. In the best of times, her work has been called "moving and poetic" (Los Angeles Times); "magnificent...scorching" (NPR); and "breathtaking" (New York Times). In the worst of times, she tries to remember the best of times. Her archive is held at