Tanya Palmer is the Assistant Dean and Executive Artistic Director in the School of Communication at Northwestern University. Prior to joining Northwestern, she was an Associate Professor of Dramaturgy in the Department of Theatre, Drama and Contemporary Dance at Indiana University. She spent fourteen seasons as the Producer and Director of New Play Development at the Goodman Theatre, where she led the theatre’s new play programs, and five seasons as the Director of New Play Development at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Her production dramaturgy credits include the world premieres ofDana H. by Lucas Hnath,The Happiest Song Plays Last by Quiara Hudes, and the Pulitzer Prize-winningRuined by Lynn Nottage. Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, she holds an M.F.A. in Playwriting from York University in Toronto, and an M.A. in English and Creative Writing from Concordia University in Montreal.