A.R. Gurney (b. November 1, 1930) is an American playwright and novelist. Born in Buffalo, New York, Gurney attended Williams College and the Yale School of Drama, after which he began teaching Humanities at MIT. He began writing plays such as Scenes from American Life, Children, and The Middle Ages while at MIT, but it was his great success with The Dining Room that allowed him to write full-time. The Dining Room is a complicated play with six actors playing a multitude of characters in overlapping scenes set in the singular title location. ...more on Wikipedia about "A. R. Gurney"
Abe Burrows ( 1910 – May 17, 1985) was a noted author and director for the stage, particularly Broadway. His list of writing credits include plays and musical books for such hits as How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Guys and Dolls, Cactus Flower, Can-Can, Silk Stockings, Breakfast At Tiffany's and many others. He was a famous script doctor, and the desperate call of a producer, "Get me Abe Burrows!", remains Broadway shorthand for a script that needs repair. Burrows' son, James Burrows, is a influential television director. ...more on Wikipedia about "Abe Burrows"
Alan Ball (born in Atlanta, Georgia circa 1957) is an Academy Award-winning screenwriter, director, producer and occasional actor, who is best known for writing the screenplay for the Oscar-winning film American Beauty. He started out by writing for the TV show Cybill, starring Cybill Shepherd, and he stated that he based the horrific suburban wife character (played by Annette Bening in American Beauty) on Shepherd, who has earned a reputation for being extremely difficult to work with, from both male and female co-workers. ...more on Wikipedia about "Alan Ball (screenwriter)"
Albert Hackett ( February 16, 1900 – March 16, 1995) was an American dramatist and screenwriter. He almost always collaborated with his wife Frances Goodrich ( December 21, 1890 – January 29, 1984). ...more on Wikipedia about "Albert Hackett"
Alfred Fox Uhry (born December 3, 1936) is an American playwright best known for the play and screenplay of Driving Miss Daisy. ...more on Wikipedia about "Alfred Uhry"
Allen Boretz ( 1900- 1985), was an American songwriter, playwright and screenwriter. The great success of his and John Murray's Broadway hit Room Service ( 1937) led to offers from Hollywood, and he wrote and co-wrote screenplays from the late 1930s through the 1940s. ...more on Wikipedia about "Allen Boretz"
Amiri Baraka (born October 7, 1934) is a U.S. writer of poetry, drama, essays, and music criticism. ...more on Wikipedia about "Amiri Baraka" Pure http://www.shortopedia.com. Pure Information Power. American_dramatists_and_playwrights
Angelo Parra (born June 2, 1948) is an American playwright. He was born in Manhattan and grew up in The Bronx, New York City. After graduating from Fordham University in 1971, his career included work as a reporter/photographer, public relations professional, politician, free-lance writer, and PR and journalism teacher at New York University before turning to theatre in 1986. His first produced play, "Casino", was presented at T. Schreiber Studio, and won a 1989 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship in Playwriting and an Arts International grant (sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, U.S. Information Agency, Rockefeller Foundation, and The Pew Charitable Trusts), among other awards. ...more on Wikipedia about "Angelo Parra"
Anita Loos ( April 26, 1889 – August 18, 1981) was an acclaimed American screenwriter, playwright and author. ...more on Wikipedia about "Anita Loos"
Anna Cora Ogden Mowatt (March 5, 1819-July 21, 1870), author and actress, was born in Bordeaux, France, where her father, the American agent for several French exporting firms, was then living. The fourth daughter and ninth of Samuel Gouverneur Ogden's fourteen children by his first wife, Eliza Lewis, she was descended on both sides from colonial American stock. Her paternal grandfather was the Rev. Uzal Ogden, a distinguished Episcopal (later Presbyterian) clergyman of New Jersey, and her maternal great-grandfather, Francis Lewis, a New York merchant, was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Except for four years of boarding school after the Ogdens returned to New York City in 1826, Anna Cora (or Lily, as she was known in the family) was educated chiefly at home. She was an indifferent student but an avid reader, and a constant participant in amateur theatricals, the Ogdens' favorite pastime. From earliest childhood she delighted in poetry and was a precocious versifier. This bent was encouraged by her father and later by her husband, James Mowatt, a well-to-do New York attorney thirteen years her senior with whom she eloped at the age of fifteen, on October 6, 1834. ...more on Wikipedia about "Anna Cora Mowatt"
Anna Deavere Smith (born September 18, 1950, in Baltimore, Maryland, United States) is an American actress, playwright, and professor at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She formerly taught in the drama department at Stanford University. She may best be known as the author of Fires in the Mirror, which dealt with the 1991 Crown Heights Riot, and Twilight: Los Angeles 1992, which dealt with the 1992 Los Angeles riots, both of which featured Ms. Smith as the sole performer. In 1993 Newsweek declared her as "The most exciting individual in American theater." Ms. Smith is the author of Talk to me: Listening between the lines published in 2000. Ms. Smith has appeared in several films, such as Philadelphia, The American President, and has recurring roles on The West Wing and The Practice. ...more on Wikipedia about "Anna Deavere Smith"
Anne Nichols (born in Dales Mill, Georgia, November 26, 1891; died in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, September 15, 1966) was an United States playwright who penned a number of Broadway plays, several of which were made into motion pictures. Her first and most famous production was Abie's Irish Rose, a farce depicting the tumult that arises with the marriage of a young Jewish man and an Irish girl. ...more on Wikipedia about "Anne Nichols"
Archibald MacLeish ( May 7, 1892 – April 20, 1982) was an American poet, writer, and Librarian of Congress. He is associated with the modernist school of poetry. ...more on Wikipedia about "Archibald MacLeish"
Arthur Lee Kopit (born 1937) was an US playwright. ...more on Wikipedia about "Arthur L. Kopit" Must see http://www.shortopedia.com shortopedia
Arthur Laurents (born July 14, 1918) is an American playwright, novelist, screenwriter, librettist and stage director. ...more on Wikipedia about "Arthur Laurents"
Arthur Nersesian is a novelist, playwright, and poet from New York City. His novels include The Fuck-up, Manhattan Loverboy, dogrun, Chinese Takeout, Suicide Casanova and Unlubricated. He has also published a collection of plays, East Village Tetralogy. He has written three books of poems and one book of plays. Nersesian is the managing editor of the literary magazine, The Portable Lower East Side, and was an English teacher at Hostos Community College, City University of New York, in the South Bronx. He was born and raised in New York City. ...more on Wikipedia about "Arthur Nersesian"
August Wilson ( April 27, 1945 – October 2, 2005) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright. His singular achievement and literary legacy is a cycle of ten plays, each set in a different decade, depicting the comedy and tragedy of the African-American experience in the 20th century. ...more on Wikipedia about "August Wilson"
Augustin Daly ( July 20, 1838 - June 7, 1899), American theatrical manager and playwright, was born in Plymouth, North Carolina. ...more on Wikipedia about "Augustin Daly"
Avery Hopwood ( May 28, 1882 - July 1, 1928) was an American playwright who wrote farces such as Getting Gertie's Garter ( 1927). He established the Hopwood Award at the University of Michigan, an award later won by Arthur Miller for his first play. ...more on Wikipedia about "Avery Hopwood"
Barbara Garson (born July 7, 1941 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American playwright best known for MacBird, a notorious 1966 counterculture drama which satirically depicts President Lyndon Johnson as Macbeth. She is also the author of the plays The Co-op ( 1972) and The Dinosaur Door ( 1976). She has written numerous magazine articles and the books All the Livelong Day: The Meaning and Demeaning of Routine Work ( 1975), The Electronic Sweatshop: How Computers Are Transforming the Office of the Future into the Factory of the Past ( 1988), and Money Makes the World Go Around ( 2001). ...more on Wikipedia about "Barbara Garson"
Bartley T. Campbell ( 1843- 1888) was a popular American playwright of the latter 19th century. ...more on Wikipedia about "Bartley Campbell"
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Bertha Runkle ( 1879- 1958) was an American novelist and playwright born in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. Her father died when she was young and at the age of nine she and her mother moved to New York City. She grew up in a literary family, her father had been a respected New York lawyer who had served as legal counsel for the New York Tribune where her mother had worked as an editorial writer and who was reportedly the first American woman to be on the staff of a major metropolitan daily newspaper. ...more on Wikipedia about "Bertha Runkle"
Beth Henley (born May 8, 1952), of Jackson, Mississippi, is a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright. ...more on Wikipedia about "Beth Henley"
Blanche Oelrichs ( October 1, 1890 - November 5, 1950) was an American poet, playwright, and theatre actress known by the pseudonym, "Michael Strange." ...more on Wikipedia about "Blanche Oelrichs"
Bob Devin Jones is an American playwright, director, and actor. He is the author of the plays Uncle Bends: A Home-Cooked Negro Narrative and Black Witness: James Baldwin. He has also written and performed a solo tribute to poet Langston Hughes. ...more on Wikipedia about "Bob Devin Jones"
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