Carolyn Gage is a lesbian feminist playwright, performer, director, and activist. The author of nine books on lesbian theatre and seventy-five plays, musicals, and one-woman shows, she specializes in non-traditional roles for women, especially those reclaiming famous lesbians whose stories have been distorted or erased from history.
In 2014, she was one of the six featured playwrights at the 53rd Annual World Theatre Day, sponsored by UNESCO, and held in Rome. In 2014 she also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Venus Theatre in Laurel, Maryland.
Her collection of plays The Second Coming of Joan of Arcand Selected Plays won the Lambda Literary Award in Drama, the top LGBT book award in the US. In 2015, the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College acquired her papers. Her catalog is online at carolyngage.weebly.com.