Michael Bigelow Dixon is a playwright, director, and professor of theatre. For 17 years, he supervised the reading and selection of plays for the annual Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville. He then moved to Minneapolis where he created a new play program that commissioned, developed, and produced more than 100 plays in six years. He's been Resident Director at The Playwrights' Center, Literary Manager at the Alley Theatre, Literary Associate at South Coast Repertory, and a Fellow in the Theatre Program at the National Endowment for the Arts. He's written more than a dozen produced and published plays, most with Valerie Smith. Of these, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Apres Opera, and Breaking the Chainare published by Samuel French. Mr. Dixon has edited 35 volumes of plays and criticism, and has directed new plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Guthrie, the Magic Theatre, Florida Stage, the Illusion, and Commonweal Theatre. He has taught at Carleton and Goucher Colleges, and now teaches on the theatre faculty at Transylvania University in Lexington, KY.