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Abdelfattah Abusrour

Abdelfattah Abusrour is from Bethlehem-Palestine. He co-wrote SALUT C’EST NOUS and NOURRIR DE FAIM in France. He wrote and directed WAITING FOR THE RAIN, TENT, THE ORPHAN, WE ARE THE CHILDREN OF THE CAMP, BLAME THE WOLF, HANDALA. His short play FAR AWAY FROM A VILLAGE CLOSE BY won first prize in the Deir Yassin Remembered Festival-London in 2006. He performed in and directed many plays. In 2014, he directed THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK for Burning Coal Theatre in NC, USA, and Samah Sabawi’s play TALES OF A CITY BY THE SEA for Alrowwad Theatre. Abusrour has a…

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Peter Ackerman

Peter Ackerman’s play, THINGS YOU SHOULDN’T SAY PAST MIDNIGHT, ran off-Broadway in New York, in London at Soho Rep, and elsewhere around the world. He adapted it into a comedy television series for DirecTV. He co-wrote the movies ICE AGE and ICE AGE 3: DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS. His adaptation of THE PAJAMA GAME, starring Harry Connick Jr., won the Tony Award for Best Musical Revival on Broadway. He is a writer and producer on the FX television show THE AMERICANS. His children’s book, THE LONELY PHONE BOOTH, was selected for the Smithsonian’s 2010…

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Aeschylus

Known as “The Father of Tragedy,” Aeschylus was born circa 525 BCE in Eleusis, northwest of Athens. As a youth, he worked in a vineyard and fought in The Persian Wars. He wrote his first play around the age of 26. Of the estimated 70 to 90 plays he wrote, seven have survived: THE PERSIANS, SEVEN AGAINST THEBES, THE SUPPLIANTS, THE ORESTEIA trilogy, consisting of AGAMEMNON, THE LIBATION BEARERS, and THE EUMENIDES, and PROMETHEUS BOUND, whose authorship is disputed. All of Aeschylus’s extant tragedies won first prize at the Dionysia, the annual dramatic contest held in Athens. He is…

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JoAnne Akalaitis

Theater director and writer JoAnne Akalaitis is the winner of five Obie Awards for direction (and sustained achievement) and founder of the critically acclaimed Mabou Mines in New York. In addition to the American Repertory Theater — where she directed ENDGAME and THE BALCONY — she has staged works by Euripides, Shakespeare, Strindberg, Schiller, Beckett, Genet, Williams, Philip Glass, Janacek, and her own work at Lincoln Center Theater, New York City Opera, Goodman Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Court Theatre, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and the Guthrie Theater. She is the former artistic director of the New York Shakespeare…

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Robert Alexander

Robert Alexander is the author of 29 plays, including SERVANT OF THE PEOPLE, I AIN’T YO’ UNCLE, A PREFACE TO THE ALIEN GARDEN, and THE LAST ORBIT OF BILLY MARS. His plays have been produced by Trinity Rep, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, the Mark Taper Forum, the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, Hartford Stage, San Diego Repertory Company, the San Francisco Mime Troupe, and Actors Theatre of Louisville. Mr. Alexander has received grants from the Pew Charitable Trusts and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has a B.A. from Oberlin College, and an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa where…

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Lynne Alvarez

Lynne Alvarez (1947 – 2009) arrived in New York in 1977 planning to be a hot-shot poet who burned out brilliantly and died young. In the first matter, she won a CAPS grant for poetry in 1979 and served as Vice President of the board of directors for Poets & Writers for ten years. She did succeed in publishing much poetry, giving many readings and having two books published by Waterfront Press — THE DREAMING MAN (1981) and LIVING WITH NUMBERS (1986). She also became a member of PEN. But in the second matter — she continued to live,…

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Diana Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s plays have been produced in New York, London, Berlin, Montreal, Los Angeles and many American cities and been reviewed by the New York Times and Washington Post. Full-lengths and one-acts are published by Samuel French, Broadway Play Publishing, Playscripts Inc. and Smith and Kraus.  Her new play THE DODGERS opens on Los Angeles’ theater row at the Hudson Theater on January 21, 2016, produced by AKA Studio Productions and directed by Dave Solomon. She is currently writing a commission for Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company in Houston, TX. She is a New York State Council on the Arts grant…

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S Ansky

Shloyme Zanvl Rappoport (1863 – 1920), known by his pseudonym S. Ansky, was a Russian Jewish author, playwright, researcher of Jewish folklore, polemicist, and cultural and political activist. He is best known for his play THE DYBBUK, written in 1914.

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Doug Armstrong

Doug Armstrong was a member of Chicago’s Illegitimate Players.

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Billy Aronson

Billy Aronson’s one-act plays have been produced in 8 Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathons and published in 6 volumes of BEST AMERICAN SHORT PLAYS and Broadway Play Publishing’s FUNNY SHORTS. His full-length plays have premiered at Playwrights Horizons, the Woolly Mammoth, the SF Playhouse, and 1812 Productions. His writing for the musical theater includes the original concept and additional lyrics for the Broadway musical RENT, and the book for the Theatreworks musical CLICK CLACK MOO. With artist Jennifer Oxley he created PEG + CAT, an animated PBS show that won 3 Emmy Awards in its first season. With his…

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Robert Auletta

Robert Auletta’s plays have been produced at many theaters, including The Yale Repertory Theater, Joseph Papp’s Public Theater, The American Repertory Theater, The Production Company, PS 122, Café La Mama, and the Westbank Downstairs Theater Bar, where many of his one acts were first performed. His play AMAZONS helped open The Market Theater in Cambridge, MA in 2000. Previous to that, his modern versions of Aeschylus’s THE ORESTEIA and Molière’s TARTUFFE, both directed by the French/Swiss director Francois Rochaix, were produced in the same city by the American Repertory Theater during their 1995/96 season. Two of his one acts,…

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Jane Austen

Jane Austen was born on 16 December 1775 in north-east Hampshire, England, to the Reverend George Austen and his wife, Cassandra. She had a sister and six brothers. In 1783, along with her sister, she was sent to boarding school. While at school both sisters nearly died of fever, possibly from typhus. Jane left school in 1786. Even as a child she loved writing and wrote a number of short stories. About 1795 she wrote her first novel, Elinor and Marianne. In the years 1796–97 she wrote another novel, First Impressions, later published as Pride and Prejudice. Then…

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Phil Austin

Phil Austin (often credited as Philip) is a comedian and writer. He was born in Denver, Colorado, and later grew up in Fresno, California, attending Fresno High School. He attended Bowdoin College and UCLA, joining the staff of KPFK radio in Los Angeles in the late 1960s. Austin is best known for his work as part of The Firesign Theatre (of which he is the only constant member), where he plays the group’s best-known creation, Nick Danger. Other prominent roles are as Harry (Happy) Cox, the narrator of EVERYTHING YOU KNOW IS WRONG and Bebop Loco/Lobo on GIVE ME…

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Thomas Babe

Thomas Babe (1941 – 2000) was an American playwright, “one of Joseph Papp’s most prolific resident playwrights at the New York Shakespeare Festival,” with seven of his plays premiered at the Public Theater. His work during the mid-1970s and through the 1980s explored many elements of American history and cultural mythology. He was fascinated by the concept of the traditional hero figure and the reality behind it. Although he started writing at a young age, Babe did not go into theatre until after earning other degrees at Harvard University, where he was Phi Beta Kappa; Cambridge, and Yale University…

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Christopher Baker

Christopher Baker is a playwright, dramaturg, producer, director and teacher. His play CALLIOPE JAM premiered at the Alley Theatre in Houston and his LINCOLN: AN AMERICAN VAUDEVILLE was workshopped at Center Stage in Baltimore. As a dramaturg, Baker has worked on productions Off-Broadway and at theatres across the country, including the Alley Theater, American Repertory Theater, Hartford Stage, PlayMakers Repertory Company and the Shakespeare Theatre. For fourteen years he was a member of the artistic staff at Hartford Stage, serving in various capacities, including Associate Artistic Director, Associate Producer and Senior Dramaturg. He is the author of Shakespeare in…

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