Richard Maxwell is an American director and playwright and the artistic director of New York City Players. Maxwell's plays have been commissioned and presented in over twenty countries. He is a Doris Duke Performing Artist. Maxwell has been selected for a Guggenheim Fellowship, two OBIE Awards, a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant, and he was an invited artist in the Whitney Biennial (2012). Maxwell is the recipient of the 2014 Spalding Gray Award.