Richard Maxwell lives and works in New York. Maxwell is a playwright, director, and the artistic director of New York City Players. He studied acting at Illinois State University and then became a co-founder of the Cook County Theater Department in Chicago. He was a Doris Duke Performing Artist and has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, two OBIE Awards, a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant, and was an invited artist in the Whitney Biennial. In 2017, he reprised his play Good Samaritans and his play Samara was produced by Soho Rep. His latest book is the first monograph on his plays, The Theater Years, published by Greene Naftali and Westreich Wagner (2017). He will have an upcoming exhibition at Greene Naftali, New York in 2018.