J. Merrill Motz


graduated june 2011

MA - Playwriting, Ohio University


graduated may 2005

BFA - Acting/Directing, Central Michigan University


Playwriting Resume click here
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Acting Resume click here


Motz (rhymes w/ boats) received a Master's degree from Ohio University's Professional Playwriting Program and a BFA in Acting from Central Michigan University. His plays have appeared through the Minnesota Fringe, Q.E.D. Astoria, Freshwater Theatre, Words Players/Northland Words, UW Fond Du Lac, KCACTF, Swandive Theatre's Veggie Stock, and the Seabury Quinn, Jr. Playwrights' Festival. He has had his fiction and nonfiction featured on Consequence of Sound, Plots With Guns, LitReactor, and Revolver's Write Fight. He appears quasi-regularly as part of Encyclopedia Show Minneapolis. He was shortlisted in 2012 for The Old Vic New Voices TS Eliot US/UK Playwright Exchange. He has a niece named Elleonor and two nephews named Xavier and Gregory...but none of them are allowed to see his shows. By day Motz can be found at Grant Thornton LLP in downtown Minneapolis, by night he's probably a private eye...or just drinking like one.