M.M. DEEN is an award-winning Brooklyn-based theater artist. He has been a fellow or writing group member with the following theaters: New York Theatre Workshop, P73, the Public Theater, Ma-Yi Theatre, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (SPARC), and was an affiliate artist with the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at NYU. He is the recipient of a New Dramatists Residency, and the following fellowships: New York Foundation for the Arts, MacDowell, Bogliasco, and Wurlitzer, and has been nominated for the Weissberger Award. His full-length plays include The Shaking Earth, Draw the Circle, Tank & Horse, and Shut Up! and have been developed/presented/produced at PlayMakers Rep, NYTW, Dartmouth College, Hemispheric Institute, InterAct Theatre, BEAT Festival, Hampshire College, Georgetown University, PACE University, Public Theater, Dixon Place, Berkshire Fringe, Passage Theatre, Queens Theatre, and have won the James Baldwin Award and received honorable mention for the Dennis Johnston Playwriting Prize. Deen received his MFA from the Actors Studio Drama School/New School for Drama, and is represented by the Gurman Agency. Photo credit: Darcy Courteau.
Writing and acting are both processes that require you to simultaneously be present, and to get out of the way. The coming together of theater and audience is a sacred bond – the audience will do the incredible for you, they will suspend their disbelief and go with you on a journey. The artist, in return, must be willing to put themselves on the line, to walk towards their vulnerabilities. If you are hitting a block and need help, we can work together to see what’s getting in the way.