Michael Gorman

Playwright / Experimental Theater Artist

Mike Gorman is a playwright in residence at La MaMa Theater in New York City. He makes his home in New York and Maine. Mike's most recent production at La MaMa--"If Colorado had an Ocean ..." (2015) was the final play in his trilogy that deals with the issue of addiction and recovery in the commercial fishing industry. The trilogy shares the same title as the second play in the trilogy--"The Honor and Glory of Whaling" (2007-8). The complete trilogy will be produced at La MaMa in 2017, preceded by a regional production featuring a collective of three New England theaters with historic ties to the fishing community.

Mike is the founder and director of the Forty Hour Club, his current production company formed for the purpose of producing "UltraLight", the first play from The Honor and Glory of Whaling. UltraLight premiered at La MaMa in 2000 before moving to The Gloucester Stage Company in MA in 2002 and The Portland Stage Company as well as several other theaters in Maine in 2003.

Mike was also the Co-Creator of "The Fabulous Giggin' Bros."--a performance troupe originated at Clark University. He later spent several years on the island of Vinalhaven, ME, developing the Giggin' Bros. signature style of roots-based absurd theater before arriving in NYC and debuting at La MaMa with their production of Biffing Mussels and several other short plays in 1994.

Mike began his playwrighting career at Clark University in Worcester, MA, where he graduated with Honors and received a degree in Literature. At Clark, Mike was nominated for The Rhodes Scholarship and received the Russ Granger Award as the University's outstanding Scholar-Athlete. He has recently been nominated for induction into the Clark University Athletic Hall of Fame.

Click here to read an article written by Mike himself in the Island Journal