Lee Blessing


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Lee Blessing was born in Minneapolis Minnesota and grew up attending Minnetonka area schools. He began his college education at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, but later transferred to Reed College in Oregon where he earned a BA in English in 1971. After he earned his degree, Blessing's parents offered the young graduate the choice between a used car or a trip to Russia. Blessing chose Russia where he found inspiration to write his best-known work, the Tony and Pulitizer Prize nominated A Walk in the Woods.

Upon returning from his tenure abroad, Blessing went on to study playwriting at the University of Iowa where he received MFA degrees in English and Speech and Theater. He would later return to teach at the Iowa's Playwrights Workshop and the Iowa Writers' Workshop in addition to his time as an instructor at the Playwright's Center in Minneapolis. He currently serves as Head of the graduate playwriting program at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

Blessing's more recent plays include A Body of Water, Whores, The Scottish Play, Black Sheep, Fortinbras, and many others. Eight of his plays have been staged at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut during the prestigious National Playwrights Conference. Several of his most recent works produced in New York City including Thief River, Cobb and Chesapeake, received Drama Desk nominations and an award, plus nominations from the Outer Critics Circle.