On November 17th 2022 Julie Salamon sat down with playwright Karen Hartman. Karen Hartman’s work launched this year’s VOLT festival at 59e59 Theaters, an unprecedented festival of three off-Broadway premieres by a single author simultaneously. A recent Guggenheim Fellow and former Fulbright Scholar, Hodder Fellow, and New Dramatist, her award-winning work has been produced across the country and internationally. In this interview Hartman discusses her creative process, the realities of being a working artist, and how her Jewish identity informs her work and the stories she tells. Hartman shares personal stories from her own life that contribute to her voice as an artist and reflects on what advice she would have for her younger self.
Topics covered in this program: Playwrighting, creative process, theatre, Jewish identity, storytelling, living as a working artist.
AJHS Collections related to this topic: Molly Picon Papers, Jacob Fishman Theatre Collection, Julia Marlowe Correspondence, Kanof Theatre Poster Collection, Records of the Friends of Ida Kaminska Theatre Foundation, Abraham Ellstein Papers (Playwright), National Foundation for Jewish Culture Records, Books on writing for stage and screen.