The author of more than a dozen full-length plays and numerous shorter works, Tina Howe has been a vital presence in the American theater for four decades. In many ways she is the archetypal off-Broadway dramatist: her Absurdist-inspired comedies sometimes baffle mainstream critics but are perennially popular with regional and university theater companies. Howe's influence is seen in the growing acclaim for her plays abroad as well in the works of younger writers, many of whom have studied playwriting in her master classes.
Howe was born in 1937 in New York City, where she still lives. Her father was CBS broadcast journalist Quincy Howe and her grandfather was biographer Mark Antony DeWolfe Howe. She wrote her first play as a student at Sarah Lawrence College. A post-graduation trip to
Citation: Barlow, Judith Ellen. "Tina Howe". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 March 2010 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=5734, accessed 03 March 2024.]