"One of the most perceptive and, line by line, most graceful writers."
-New York Times
Her plays have been characterized as "beautifully abstract," "vibrant," "bizarre," "poetic," and "enchanting."
Tina Howe is best known for her plays Painting Churches and Coastal Disturbances; the latter received a Tony Award nomination for best play in 1987. She currently teaches at Hunter College in New York City and became a member of the council of The Dramatists Guild of America in 1990. Miss Howe has won an Obie Award for Distinguished Playwriting, an Outer Critics Circle Award, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, a Rockefeller grant, two NEA fellowships and a Guggenheim fellowship. Pride's Crossing was selected as a finalist for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize and awarded the 1998 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play.
She was born in New York City, where she received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, just north of the city in Bronxville. She did her post-graduate study at Columbia Teachers College and the Sorbonne. She has had many jobs including high school English teacher, salesperson, typist, lecturer, news-paper reporter, translator, editor and research assistant. For more than thirty years she has captivated audiences with comedic plays that exploit fear, humor, as well as the innate ability to take bold and daring risks on stage.
The Horton Foote American Playwrights Festival is proud to name Tina Howe as the 2007 recipient of the Horton Foote Excellence in American Playwriting Award.
"There's something very perverse in me that loves trying to do the impossible and put things on the stage that are very hard to stage and that maybe people haven't seen before. And I have this impulse to see how far the form can take me. Because I think of all the arts, the theatre is the most conservative, because you have that ghastly problem of having to sell all the tickets every night."