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 member of Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee (2008-2009), New York’s Drama Desk (since 2012). Past and current organizational memberships and board obligations for Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, and American Theatre Critics Association (where I am Co-Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, read for the New Plays Committee, and serve as the Vice Chair of the Executive Committee) inspire and distract me. I write for The Clyde Fitch Report, TDF Stages, HowlRound, and other places that will have me.
Email at msteketee [at] post [dot] harvard [dot] edu — no pronunciation required.
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