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 was a 2014 O’Neill National Critics Institute Fellow, and have been a member of Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee (2008-2009), and New York’s Drama Desk (since 2012).
Past and current organizational memberships and board obligations inspire and distract me. For the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, I have been a regional representative for NYC, member of the Executive Committee, and chair of the Advocacy Committee. Current roles with the American Theatre Critics Association include vice chair of the Executive Committee, co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and member of the New Play Committee (we determine the ATCA-Steinberg and Osborn playwriting awards) and the committee managing the new Glenn M. Loney ATCA Production Design Award for Regional Theater.
Email at msteketee [at] post [dot] harvard [dot] edu — no pronunciation required.
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