Ayad Akhtar

Ayad Akhtar is the author of Disgraced (2016) which won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, was nominated for the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play for its Broadway run. He is a novelist and author of American Dervish, published in over 20 languages worldwide. His plays The Who & The What (2017) and The Invisible Hand received Off Broadway runs and are currently being produced around the world, and his play Junk will be produced on Broadway this fall. Mr. Akhtar was listed as the most produced playwright for the 2015–2016 season by American Theatre magazine. As a screenwriter, he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay for The War Within. He has received fellowships from MacDowell, Djerassi, the Sundance Institute, Ucross, and Yaddo, where he serves as a board director. He is also a board trustee at PEN/America and New York Theatre Workshop. Mr. Akhtar is currently the resident playwright with Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater.

(As of March 2017)

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