Paula Vogel’s play How I Learned to Drive, received the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Lortel, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and New York Drama Critics Awards for Best Play, as well as winning her second OBIE.
It has been produced all over the world; her screenplay was developed by HBO and Laura Ziskin productions. Other plays include A Civil War Christmas; The Long Christmas Ride Home, The Mineola Twins, The Baltimore Waltz, Hot ‘N’ Throbbing, Desdemona, And Baby Makes Seven, and The Oldest Profession. Her newest work, A Civil War Christmas, was given its premiere in 2008 at Long Wharf Theatre, directed by Tina Landau. A Civil War Christmas will be produced in 2009 at the Huntington Theatre in Boston and Theatre Works in Palo Alto.
Theatre Communications Group has published three books of her work: The Mammary Plays, The Baltimore Waltz and Other Plays, and The Long Christmas Ride Home. A Civil War Christmas is slated to be published in Spring 2010.
Ms. Vogel won the 2004 Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Obie for Best Play in 1992, The Laura Pels Award, the Pew Charitable Trust Senior Award, a Guggenheim, AT&T New Plays Award, the Fund for American Plays, a Bellagio Center Fellowship, several National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the McKnight Fellowship, and most recently the Stephen and Christine Schwarzman Legacy Award. She is honored by two awards given in her name: The Paula Vogel Award in Playwriting by the American College Theatre Festival, and The Paula Vogel Playwriting Award by the Vineyard Theatre. In 2010, Paula Vogel will be the Honoree of the William Inge Theatre Festival. And she is most delighted to have been awarded the recent Thirtini Award from 13P. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
After 24 years as director of playwriting at Brown University (her former students include Sarah Ruhl, Nilo Cruz, Gina Gionfriddo, Quiara Hudes, Lynn Nottage, Bridget Carpenter, Alice Tuan, Ann Marie Healy, Jordan Harrison, Rob Handel, Laura Schellhardt, Frances Cowhig, and many, many others), she is currently the Eugene O’Neill Chair of Playwriting, and Chair of the Playwriting Department at Yale School of Drama. She has conducted playwriting bootcamps all over the world as a guest artist, from the Adult Corrections Institute, Maximum Security for women in Rhode Island, to The National Theatre, Bush Theatre and RSC workshop in London.
As playwright in residence at Yale Repertory Theatre and associate artist at Long Wharf Theatre, she is currently commissioned for a new play.