Tina Howe Biography (1937-)

Born November 21, 1937, in New York, NY; daughter of Quincy (a broadcaster and writer) and Mary (an artist; maiden name, Post) Howe; married Norman L. Levy (a professor), August 31, 1961; children: Eben, Dara. Addresses: Agent--c/o Flora Roberts, Inc., 157 West 57th St., New York, NY 10019.

Birth Details
November 21, 1937
New York, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • Writings;Plays
  • The Nest, produced at Act IV Theatre, Provincetown, MA, 1969, then Mercury Theatre, New York City, 1970.
  • Museum, produced at Los Angeles Actors Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, 1976, then New York Shakespeare Festival (NYSF), Public Theatre, New York City, 1977,published by Samuel French, 1979.
  • The Art of Dining, produced by NYSF, Public Theatre, 1979, then Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, 1980, published by Samuel French, 1980.
  • Appearances (one-act), produced at Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York City, 1982.
  • Painting Churches, produced at Second Stage, then Lamb's Theatre, both New York City, 1983, published by Samuel French, 1984.
  • Coastal Disturbances, produced at Second Stage, 1986, then Circle in theSquare, New York City, 1987, published by Samuel French, 1987.
  • Approaching Zanzibar, produced at Second Stage, 1989, published by SamuelFrench, 1989.
  • Coastal Disturbances: Four Plays by Tina Howe (contains Museum, The Art of Dining, Painting Churches, and Coastal Disturbances), published by TheatreCommunications Group, 1989.
  • Teeth, The Best American Short Plays, 1990, Applause Books, 1990.
  • One Shoe Off, produced by Second Stage at Joseph Papp Public Theater, NewYork City, published by Samuel French, 1993.
  • Birth and after Birth, produced by The Wilma Theater, 1995, published inWomen on the Verge: Seven Avant Garde Plays, edited by Rosette Lamont, Applause Books, 1993.
  • Approaching Zanzibar and Other Plays (contains Approaching Zanzibar, Birth and after Birth and One Shoe Off), published by Theatre Communications Group, 1995.
  • Writings; Television Specials
  • Wrote the television movie adaptation of Painting Churches, 1986.
  • Writings; Other Writings
  • Swimming (play), photographs by Tina Barney, American Journals series, Whitney Museum of Art, spring, 1991.
  • Other Works
  • Adaptations: Painting Churches was adapted for television and broadcast on TNT as The Portrait, 1993.

Further Reference


  • Gaetani, John L., A Search for a Postmodern Theater (interviews with contemporary playwrights), Greenwood Press, 1991.
  • Morrow, Lee Alan, and Frank Pike, Creating Theater, Vintage Books, 1986.
  • American Theatre, September, 1985.
  • Dramatists Guild Quarterly, winter, 1988; summer, 1994.
  • Modern Drama, March, 1993.
  • New York, November 28, 1983; December 22-29, 1986.
  • New York Times, May 1, 1983; November 16, 1986; April 30, 1989; May 7, 1989.
  • Theatre Week, June 12, 1989; May 3, 1993.
  • Vogue, February, 1993, p. 106.

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