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Progressive Theatre Workshop is a New York City based 501(c)3 non-profit theatre company founded in 2007 that is currently making plays about queer things. The shows are written and directed by John J. Caswell, Jr.

The company also engages the community through its VACUUM program and affords its artists with opportunities for text development of their own along with co-productions of new work.


​John is a queer, Mexican-American playwright and director originally from Phoenix. He is a 2018 MacDowell Fellow, the 2017 Page 73 Playwriting Fellow, and the Artistic Director of Progressive Theatre Workshop, a company that has made plays for the past ten years. He has developed and shown work across Arizona and in New York City at Page 73, HERE, Dixon Place, The Public Theater, Primary Stages, Theater for the New City, and more. He has been a finalist for the Princess Grace Award, Sundance Theater Lab, New York Theater Workshop 2050 Fellowship, Drama League Impact Residency, and the Woodward Newman Drama Award. His work is cited frequently as an example of queer-themed theatre, most recently referenced in articles appearing in Theatre TopicsThe International Journal of the Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice, and the European Journal of Comparative American Studies. Included as a consummate demonstration of auto-ethnographic theatre, his play SHOTS: A Love Story was published as part of Johnny Saldaña's book Ethnotheatre: Research From Page to Stage published by Left Coast Press. ​He is pursuing an MFA in Playwriting at Hunter College, studying with Annie Baker and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins.




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