Martha Wade Steketee. First name from great grandmother, middle name from mother, surname from father. STEK [rhymes with heck] – EH – TEE. Lifelong empathy for those asked to spell and to pronounce their names. My sense of the thing is reflected in the name of a now-defunct Facebook group — “Steketee. If you can spell it you must be one of us.”
I am a Michigan girl who loved movies and theater, studied literature at Harvard and social science and social welfare at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Michigan, and spent 20 years as a court researcher and domestic policy analyst in university research offices and nonprofit research settings in several cities.
I returned to theater as a dramaturg and critic: script reading for Washington DC, Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York City theaters and festivals; dramaturging productions and readings in Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York; writing and mentoring young critics in Chicago and New York City. I have been member of Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee (2008-2009) and New York’s Drama Desk (since 2012), and was a 2014 O’Neill National Critics Institute Fellow. Organizational memberships and board obligations inspire and distract me: League of Professional Theatre Women, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, and American Theatre Critics Association. When I’m not enjoying yet another theater performance, I write things that appear in places that’ll have me, including HowlRound, TDF Stages, The Clyde Fitch Report, Theater Pizzazz, The Brooklyn Rail, and Exeunt Magazine.
Email at msteketee [at] post [dot] harvard [dot] edu — no pronunciation required.
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