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Jan Quackenbush

Jan QuckenbushJan Quackenbush

Playwright, Editor, Prose Writer

Jan Quackenbush has written twenty-seven produced plays, four produced musicals, three screenplays; has been produced in six countries and is translated into four languages. He is included with Samuel Beckett and Eugene Ionesco in Signature 20 Anthology, by Calder & Boyars, Ltd, London, 1975. He is archived at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Boston University. He has professionally worked and collaborated with Ellen Stewart, founder of La MaMa Theatre ETC, New York, and with Broadway director/composer Tom O'Horgan, New York. Play Extinct was a winner of the World Wildlife Fund- UK international play competition, 1982, and presented at the Young Vic Theatre, London. He has an MFA in Creative Writing (Playwriting/Screenwriting), Goddard University. Jan has had several short one-act plays translated into German (2009-2015) and produced in Ulm, Germany, by the avant-garde Westentasche Theatre Company. In summer of 2014, The Soldier's Son -the third play of a trilogy – The Soldier and his Family - was premiered by the Westentasche Theatre in Ulm, and presented again in June 2015 in a German national theatre festival Baden-Würtetembergischen Theatertagen, Heidelberg. Jan is currently writing new play for the Westentashe theatre this year, Flying with the Tailor of Ulm. Jan ended his service in Vietnam assigned to the Army Entertainment Branch where he co-wrote Withering Witherspoon: an Old-Fashion Mellerdrama that Command Military Touring Shows (CMTS) played to soldiers throughout Vietnam. Jan is proud to be a member of the Wilkes Graduate Creative Writing Program's faculty in which he currently teaches Playwriting and Oral Interpretation. He also teaches Oral Interpretation at Suny-Broome, Binghamton, NY. Jan is presently published by www.bluemoonplays.com.
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