Taylor Sklenar

Taylor Sklenar, founder of Focal Theatre Lab,  is a playwright, poet, and theatre artist living in Ames, Iowa. He recently spent two years pursuing his MA in Theatre in Columbia, Missouri, where he served as the managing director of the Missouri Playwrights’ Workshop and the Mizzou New Play Series. He is the resident playwright at Minneapolis based theatre company, 2140 Productions. His writing, which explores the intersection of science, ecology, and theatre, includes Of Madness and the Electric Dream, Dead Silence, Baby I’ll Turn the Sky Green for You, Inheritance, Fission, 500/501 and {AV:VR:RL}, and has been workshopped or produced at Tallgrass Theatre’s Iowa Playwrights’ Workshop, StageWest Des Moines’ Scriptease, Theatre Cedar Rapids, Focal Theatre Lab, Minnesota Fringe, Scene One Theatre, the Missouri Playwrights’ Workshop, The William Inge Festival, and the Kennedy Center Undergraduate Playwrights Workshop.

BA, English & Performing Arts, BS Chemistry, Iowa State ’16;
MA, Theatre, University of Missouri ’19;
MFA Creative Writing & Environment, MS Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State ’22