Block Association Project

Meet the Artists


written by Michael Yates Crowley
directed by Michael Rau
created by Wolf 359

Michael Yates Crowley

Michael Yates Crowley is a Brooklyn-based writer and performer whose work has been produced in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Berlin, Edinburgh, and elsewhere. His works for theatre include The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B Matthias (The Playwrights Realm at The Duke on 42nd Street); Gunplay: A Love Story; Song of a Convalescent Ayn Rand Giving Thanks to the Godhead (American Repertory Theater, Joe’s Pub/The Public Theater); temping (premiered at the 53rd New York Film Festival); The Dead, Inc. (Schlosstheater Moers); Evanston: A Rare Comedy (PS 122, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference selection); and The Ted Haggard Monologues (published by S. Fischer Verlag; filmed by HBO). He is a former NYFA Playwriting fellow and member of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, Ars Nova’s Play Group, and a graduate of the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program at Juilliard. Together with the director Michael Rau, he founded the narrative technology company, Wolf 359 (

Michael Rau

Regional: Song of a Convalescent Ayn Rand Giving Thanks to the Godhead at American Repertory Theater and Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater; temping at the 53rd New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center, Future of Storytelling Festival, and American Repertory Theater; Fragments and Dialogues at the Seattle Symphony; and Aida at Opera Santa Barbara. International: Blue Spiral at International Congress of the Performing Arts (Morelia, Mexico); Righteous Money at Ringlokschuppen Mülheim and Schlosstheater Moers (Germany) and Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Edinburgh, Scotland); Was Übrig Bleibt at Theater Bielefeld and Berlin’s Voices of Change Festival (Germany); The Homes We Build at the Electric Dreams festival (London); and Mdílaistrovská at Ostrava Days Festival (Czech Republic). New York City: Evanston: A Rare Comedy at PS 122 and HERE Arts Center, and The Bird at The Bushwick Starr. Rau has developed new plays at the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, The Playwrights Realm, and the Kennedy Center. He is a recipient of fellowships from the Likhachev Foundation, The Kennedy Center, and the National New Play Network. He has been a resident artist at The Orchard Project, E|MERGE, and the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. He has been an associate director for Anne Bogart, Les Waters, Robert Woodruff, and Ivo Van Hove. With playwright Michael Yates Crowley, he founded the narrative technology startup Wolf 359. He is a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect, and he is an assistant professor of directing and devising and serves as the artistic director of the Stanford University Theater and Performance Studies department. For more information, please visit