Cynthia Mercati has had shows performed in each of the fifty US states, as well as Australia and Canada. Many of her plays are published by Samuel French.
As Playwright-in-Residence at the Des Moines, Iowa, Playhouse, Ms. Mercait wrote a show each season for Actors on Tour, the professional children's company at the Playhouse. The shows, which played to literally thousands of young people across the state, include Cinderella, or, It's Okay to Be Differentand Hey Aesop!.
Her fast paced, high energy plays include farces such as such as Rumbo and Long Live Rock and Roll.
Makin' It deals with the life and times of the average high school student, and has been a consistent best-seller for its telling and truthful monologues on teenage life (also available as Makin' It, The Musical). Ms. Mercati 's other plays include The Baseball Show; Grant Wood: Prarie Rebel, about the painter of "American Gothic" (10-year Midwest tour, winner of numerous writing and acting awards); American Dreamer: The Life and Times of Henry A. Wallace, based on the prize winning biography of the same name(televised on Iowa Publice Television; special performance in Washington, DC); the musical Battle Humn of the Republic (sponsored by the Des Moines Choral Society; starring Emmy and Tony winning actor, Hal Holbrook; premiere, Des Moines Civic Cente; televised, IPTV); Snapshots, showing us the lives of three women from high school through middle age (Women's Playwrighting Festival, Amsterdam, Holland); The Strength of Our Spirit (also performed in Holland for their 60-year anniversary of liberation from the Nazis); and To See the Stars (National Youth Theatre Playwrighting Symposium, Indiana Repertory Theare).
Ms. Mercati has had essays published in the Chicago Tribune, the Christian Science Monitor, the Des Moines Register, and 19 other national magazines and newspapers, including Women's World. She also has an essay in three
of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books.
Ms. Mercati won the Schubert Fendrich award, sponsored by Pioneer Drama Service, for her show, Bigger Than Life: Tall Tales, Tall Stories. She was also awarded a two weeks residency at Ragdale, a long time and well regarded artist's colony in Lake Forest, IL.
Ms. Mercati is a professional actress, and occasionally appears in her own shows. She was born and raised in Chicago, IL, and loves big cities, baseball, dachshunds - she has five - and good theatre.