Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Theatre
Joanna Glass


Joanna Glass HeadshotGuest Playwright of Palmer Park (2009)

Joanna McClelland Glass was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Her plays have been produced in many North American regional theatres, as well as in England, Ireland, Australia, and Germany. Her one-act plays, CANADIAN GOTHIC and AMERICAN MODERN, were first produced at the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City in 1972.ARTICHOKE, starring Colleen Dewhurst, was first produced at Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, in 1974. TO GRANDMOTHER’S HOUSE WE GO, starring Eva LeGallienne, was first produced at the Alley Theatre, Houston, Texas, moving to Broadway in 1980. PLAY MEMORY, directed by Harold Prince, was first produced at the McCarter Theatre, Princeton, New Jersey, moving to Broadway in 1984. PLAY MEMORY won a Tony Award nomination that year.

YESTERYEAR was originally produced by the Canadian Stage Company in Toronto in 1989. IF WE ARE WOMEN premiered in the U.S. in the summer of 1993, at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA. The Canadian premiere was a co-production between the Vancouver Playhouse and Canadian Stage Company, Toronto, 1994. The British premiere was in London, starring Joan Plowright, directed by Richard Olivier.

Ms. Glass has written two novels, “Reflections on a Mountain Summer,” published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1975, and “Woman Wanted,” published by St. Martin’s Press in 1984. She has adapted both novels into screenplays, for Lorimar Studios and Warner Bros. Woman Wanted was filmed in 1998, starring and directed by Kiefer Sutherland, also starring Holly Hunter and Michael Moriarty.

In 1984-85, Ms. Glass was awarded a Rockefeller grant. She was playwright-in-residence at Yale Repertory Theatre. Other grants: the National Endowment for the Arts, 1980, and the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1981. Ms. Glass won the Francesca Primus Award in 1994, and the Berrilla Kerr Award in 2000.

TRYING was first presented by Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago in the spring of 2004; the play won Chicago's prestigious Jefferson Award for Best New Play. TRYING was then produced in New York City at The Promenade Theatre, in the fall/winter of 2004-2005. The Canadian premiere was at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa in September, 2004, followed by a Canadian Stage Company production in Toronto in April of 2005. TRYING has now enjoyed over fifty productions in both the United States and Canada. It has recently been produced in London, England.

The premiere of PALMER PARK was at the Stratford Shakespearean Festival in Stratford, Ontario, 2008. Each of the Big Ten universities in the United States will be producing this play within their graduate school drama departments over the next 2 - 3 years. The new two-character play, MRS. DEXTER AND HER DAILY, is set in Toronto. It will be presented first next January at the Vancouver Arts Club and then will move, in February, 2010 to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.PALMER PARK will be presented by JET, the Jewish Ensemble Theatre in West Bloomfield, in April of 2010