( 1950- )
Born in Germany where her father was stationed in the U.S. Army, Galloway spent her adolescent years in Berlin before the family returned to the United States and settled in Texas. The victim of an experimental drug prescribed for her mother when she was pregnant, Galloway suffered a profound hearing loss that ultimately resulted in deafness in her early twenties. In her autobiographical Heart of a Dog, she chronicles growing up in Germany and Texas and learning to understand her deafness. Galloway performs as well as she writes, but, because her hearing declined gradually, her performance is not marked by any vocal "deaf" quality. She is an adept lip reader and does not work with a translator.
While an undergraduate at the University of Texas, Galloway became known for her work at their experimental Shakespearean workshop, Shakespeare at Winedale, and for her role in the Heiner Muller play Mauser which he directed. She helped found Esther's Follies, a cabaret theatre in 1977 (which is still operating), and wrote, performed, and directed several hundred comic skits, including the legendary "Jake Ratchett, Short Detective." While a graduate student in playwriting at Columbia University, Galloway wrote her first one- woman performance piece which she performed at the WOW Cafe in 1982. A year later, the Woman's Project and Productions produced her Heart of a Dog at the American Place Theatre. She presented her subsequent performance piece, Out All Night and Lost My Shoes, largely based on Dog, in cities in the United States and England and at the Edinburgh Festival. A popular interpreter of her own work, Galloway, described by Jan Bresauer as "one of the most unrelenting and perceptive female comedic performers" ( 1991), continues to write and per