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Marc Palmieri


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Marc interviewed with David Lindsay- Abaire, Gordon Greenberg and Jessica Blank in TDF STAGES about "Waiting For The Host" and how four playwrights are finding way to create during the pandemic


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Marc's plays include Poor Fellas, Carl The Second, Levittown, The Groundling, and Waiting For The Host, all of which are published by Dramatists Play Service, Inc. His collection of middle school plays, S(cool) Days, is published by Brooklyn Publishers. Waiting For The Host, written to be performed via live stream as well as live on stage, premiered out of Penn Stage Centre Stage in April 2020 directed by Rick Lombardo. It was the first American professionally produced play to premiere online. TDF Stages wrote: "...a comedic show within a show...The brainchild of NYC-based playwright Marc Palmieri, the play just may be the first full-length work written for our new surreality.” The show was then produced at The Red House Arts (directed by Hunter Foster). Broadway World wrote: “Waiting For the Host...allows a new work, a new approach to theater, a new approach to performing, a new approach to directing to take place and it is definitely entertaining. The play does not disappoint. It is real, raw, and brings some much-needed laughter; exactly what theater is supposed to do.”  The play continued to have multiple productions (on stage and stream) across the country and beyond, making its Hawaiian debut at Manoa Valley Theatre and international debut with Singapore's  Pangdemonium Theatre Company.

Marc's memoir, She Danced With Lightning (Post Hill Press) was released in August of 2022. See the book's page for tour info, reviews, press, appearances and events.  

Described by The New York Times as "half comedy, half tragedy," Marc's play The Groundling was workshopped and presented at South Coast Repertory's 2012 NewSCRipts Series and at The Lark Play Development Center, NYC. Marc directed the 2015 world premiere at Axis Co. in NYC. Theatremania called the show "One of the surprise downtown gems of the season." 


NY Times Critic Neil Genzlinger wrote in his New York Times "Critic's Pick" review, "You won't stop watching for a second," of the 2009 Off-Broadway production of Marc's play Levittown at Theatre at Saint Clements. The play was first workshopped presented at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre's Exposure Festival in 2004 (directed by Thomas Kail), premiering in full production at Axis Theatre in 2006 (directed by George Demas). 

Marc's 10-minute play Of Vanities is included Smith & Kraus's The Best 10-Minute Plays of 2020. Portions of his plays are included in the 2002 and 2007 and 2015 editions of the Smith & Kraus anthologies The Best Stage Scenes and The Best Stage Monologues for Men

Marc is also published in Fiction (Issue 59 and Issue 64), The Global City Review (Issue 24), (Re) An Ideas Journal, and has a short play, Little Mom, in 10-Minute Plays for Kids published by Applause Books. He has published scenes and monologues in numerous anthologies with Smith & Kraus, Inc. and Applause Books. 

As an actor, Marc has worked with Axis Company, Classic Stage Company, The Culture Project, Gorilla Rep, The Directors Company, Tectonic Theatre Project and many others. He played the lead role in David Maquiling's critically acclaimed feature film Too Much Sleep, which was distributed theatrically by Shooting Gallery, Inc. in 2001, by Starz Encore for TV and nominated for an IFP Spirit Award in 2002. He has done national commercials for Verizon, Toyota, Macy's, Heineken, Burger King, Microsoft, NY Lottery, Nike, Pizza Hut and others. Marc is a vested member of Actors Equity and SAG-AFTRA. He is a company member and resident dramaturge of the Drama Desk-nominated Axis Company.

Marc wrote the screenplay for Miramax Films' Telling You, starring Peter Facinelli and Jennifer Love Hewitt. He directed a short film version of Shakespeare's Sonnet #138 for The Shakespeare Exchange's Sonnet Project and wrote and directed the web series The Thing at

Marc is an Assistant Professor at the School of Liberal Arts at Mercy University in Dobbs Ferry, NY, and was awarded the institution's Outstanding Research Award for the 2022-2023 academic year, and in 2022 was awarded the Faculty Innovation Award. Since 2011 Marc is a Guest Faculty member teaching playwriting , screenwriting and dramatic adaptation in the Creative Writing MFA Program at The City College of New York. Since 2006 he taught playwriting, creative writing, modern and postmodern drama, Shakespeare, advanced fiction and world humanities for CCNY's undergraduate English Department. 

Marc received a B.A. in Speech, Communications and Theatre Arts from Wake Forest University (which he attended on an athletic scholarship, graduating second in all-time wins as a four-year varsity pitcher) and both an M.A. and M.F.A. in  Creative Writing from The City College of New York.

In 1989 he was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft out of high school. Marc served as varsity pitching coach at Chaminade High School in Mineola, NY, coaching for 14 years. He is currently a coach for Next Level Baseball, and has been named as Mercy College's pitching coach for the 2024 season. 



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