(May 17, 1936 - March 23, 2009) was an American writer, director and actor, best known for his work with Andy Warhol and The Factory.

A Tribute to Ronald Tavel

A brief video tribute to Ronald by Phillip Fagan

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Heralded for his collaborations with filmmakers Andy Warhol and Jack Smith and his inspired coinage “theatre of the ridiculous,” RONALD TAVEL is the author of such Off-Off-Broadway classics as “Gorilla Queen” and “Bigfoot,” as well as the novel “Street of Stairs” (Olympia Press, 1968). He was artist-in-residence at the Yale University Divinity School and Cornell...

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A biography of Ronald Tavel

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Tavel was born in New York in May 1936. He was appointed Artist-in-Residence to The Yale University Divinity School in 1975 for his contributions to formal theology and religious theatre (notably, the Obie-Award winning play BIGFOOT): believed to be the first such position ever established at a Protestant divinity school. Re-appointed to that position in 1977...

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Ronald Tavel's body of work online

Archive Page

Here you will find all of Tavel's stage plays, screenplays, a selection of poetry and essays, as well as his complete unabridged novel in PDF format.

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A gallery of Ronald's life and work

Gallery Page

Here you will find a selection of photographs from throughout Tavel's life.

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