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Ayad Akhtar

 
Bio:
LCT: Junk, Disgraced (Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Tony nomination; Broadway and LCT3), The Who & The What (LCT3). Other plays include The Invisible Hand (Obie Award; Oliver, Evening Standard noms.). As a novelist, he is the author of American Dervish (Little, Brown & Co.), published in over 20 lan- ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
LCT: Junk, Disgraced (Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Tony nomination; Broadway and LCT3), The Who & The What (LCT3). Other plays include The Invisible Hand (Obie Award; Oliver, Evening Standard noms.). As a novelist, he is the author of American Dervish (Little, Brown & Co.), published in over 20 lan- ... (read complete bio)

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Ayad Akhtar Biography

LCT: Junk, Disgraced (Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Tony nomination; Broadway and LCT3), The Who & The What (LCT3). Other plays include The Invisible Hand (Obie Award; Oliver, Evening Standard noms.). As a novelist, he is the author of American Dervish (Little, Brown & Co.), published in over 20 lan- guages. Recipient of an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and fellowships from MacDowell, Djerassi, the Sundance Institute, Ucross and Yaddo, where he serves as a Board Director. Board Trustee at PEN/America and New York Theatre Workshop.

Ayad Akhtar Awards and Nominations

 
Tony Awards - 2018 - Best Play
Ayad Akhtar, Junk
 
Obie Awards - 2015 - Playwriting Gold Star
Ayad Akhtar, The Invisible Hand
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2015 - John Gassner Playwrighting Award Gold Star
Ayad Akhtar, The Invisible Hand
 
Tony Awards - 2015 - Best Play
Ayad Akhtar, Disgraced
 
Obie Awards - 2013 - Playwriting Gold Star
Ayad Akhtar, Disgraced
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2013 - John Gassner Award
Ayad Akhtar, Disgraced
 
The Pulitzer Prize - 2013 - The Pulitzer Prize for Drama Gold Star
Ayad Akhtar, Disgraced

Ayad Akhtar News

Photos: Burbage Theatre Co Presents Kate Hamill's SENSE & SENSIBILITY Photo Photos: Burbage Theatre Co Presents Kate Hamill's SENSE & SENSIBILITY
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 29, 2022

See photos from Burbage Theatre Co's playful adaptation of Jane Austen’s timeless classic Sense & Sensibility.

Review: GEORGE C WOLFE'S ‚ÄúTHE COLORED MUSEUM‚ÄĚ ON EXHIBIT at American Stage Photo Review: GEORGE C WOLFE'S ‚ÄúTHE COLORED MUSEUM‚ÄĚ ON EXHIBIT at American Stage
by Drew Eberhard - Nov 13, 2022

The Colored Museum a play with music was written by George C. Wolfe. The play premiered at the Crossroads Theatre in 1986 and was directed by L. Kenneth Richardson. Wolfe‚Äôs work is the focus of 11 individual sketches or ‚Äúexhibits‚ÄĚ and through these revues, recounts satirical and prominent themes and people throughout African-American History and Culture. As the second show in their 2022/2023 ‚ÄúThis is America‚ÄĚ Season, American Stage planned to stage this show as a way to redefine our ideas of what it means to be African American in Contemporary America. George C. Wolfe‚Äôs review show was the winner of the 1988 NAACP Image Award.

New Works by Keith Bunin, Idris Goodwin & More to be Presented in La Jolla Playhouse' Photo New Works by Keith Bunin, Idris Goodwin & More to be Presented in La Jolla Playhouse's 2022 DNA New Work Series
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 1, 2022

La Jolla Playhouse has announced the dates and projects for its 2022 DNA New Work Series, running December 1 ‚Äď 12 in the Playhouse‚Äôs Rao and Padma Makineni Play Development Center.

Photos: Yale Drama Series Prize Winner JAR OF FAT Receives Staged Reading at the Dram Photo Photos: Yale Drama Series Prize Winner JAR OF FAT Receives Staged Reading at the Drama Book Shop
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 25, 2022

Last night, Seayoung Yim’s Jar of Fat, the 2022 Yale Drama Series Prize Winner, received a staged reading at New York City’s Drama Book Shop.  The event was presided over by the playwright David Hare, and Artistic Director of the Flea Theatre Niegel Smith. See photos here!

Yale Drama Series Prize Winner JAR OF FAT to Receive Staged Reading at the Drama Book Photo Yale Drama Series Prize Winner JAR OF FAT to Receive Staged Reading at the Drama Book Shop
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 20, 2022

Seayoung Yim’s Jar of Fat, the 2022 Yale Drama Series Prize Winner, will receive a staged reading at New York City’s Drama Book Shop on Monday, October 24th. The reading will be directed by Aileen Wen McGroddy and will feature Zoe Kim, Narea Kang, Annie Yim, Christina Liang, Ina Chang, and more.

Ayad Akhtar Will Deliver Lecture On Arts & Public Policy at the Kennedy Center This W Photo Ayad Akhtar Will Deliver Lecture On Arts & Public Policy at the Kennedy Center This Week
by Stephi Wild - Sep 19, 2022

Americans for the Arts announced that acclaimed novelist and playwright Ayad Akhtar will deliver the 34th Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts & Public Policy. Akhtar will be introduced by Rockefeller Brothers Fund President and CEO Stephen Heintz, and the evening will feature a performance by artists Rez Abbassi and Kiran Ahluwalia.

Suzan-Lori Parks, Leland Fowler, Lauren Molina & More to Star in PLAYS FOR THE PLAGUE Photo Suzan-Lori Parks, Leland Fowler, Lauren Molina & More to Star in PLAYS FOR THE PLAGUE YEAR World Premiere at The Public
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 14, 2022

The Public Theater has announced complete casting for the world premiere of PLAYS FOR THE PLAGUE YEAR, written by and featuring Pulitzer Prize winner and Public Theater Writer-in-Residence Suzan-Lori Parks and directed by Bessie Award winner Niegel Smith. 

Signature Theatre Names Melis Aker Inaugural LaunchPad Resident Playwright Photo Signature Theatre Names Melis Aker Inaugural LaunchPad Resident Playwright
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 13, 2022

Signature Theatre has announced its first-ever¬†LaunchPad Resident‚ÄĒplaywright, actor, and musician¬†Melis Aker‚ÄĒinaugurating the new program that supports diverse early-career playwrights and expands the organization‚Äôs singular mission of producing a body of work by each resident writer.

ArtsEmerson Presents ON BECKETT Next Month Photo ArtsEmerson Presents ON BECKETT Next Month
by Stephi Wild - Sep 13, 2022

ArtsEmerson, Boston's leading presenter of contemporary world theater and film and the professional presenting and producing organization of Emerson College, is excited to welcome Tony Award-winning actor and master clown Bill Irwin to Boston for his solo stage piece On Beckett which will run six performances only from October 26 ‚Äď 30, 2022 at the Emerson Paramount Center Robert J. Orchard Stage.

Review: JUNK at Burbage Theater Co. Photo Review: JUNK at Burbage Theater Co.
by Jessica Tabak - Aug 30, 2022

JUNK at Burbage Theater Co. offers audiences a riveting look at the ideals and egos that fueled the junk bond market of the mid-1980s.

Ayad Akhtar Videos

BWW TV: Highlights from GOODNIGHT NOBODY at McCarter Center Videoplay
BWW TV: Highlights from GOODNIGHT NOBODY at McCarter Center

by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 17, 2020

The Big Chill meets This is Us in Rachel Bonds' play Goodnight Nobody. In this deeply moving and funny world premiere, a group of old friends reconnect after years apart. They reminisce with wild abandon, until the things they aren't telling each other come hurtling to the surface. The production runs January 10 through February 9 in McCarter's Berlind Theatre. More about the production at mccarter.org.

VIDEO: Get A First Look At JUNK at Arena Stage Videoplay
VIDEO: Get A First Look At JUNK at Arena Stage

by Stage Tube - Apr 22, 2019

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater recently opened the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and author Ayad Akhtar's (Arena's Disgraced) timely tale Junk. Inspired by the real junk bond giants of the 1980s, Akhtar explores how the riveting, hostile takeover of a family-owned manufacturing company paved the way to expose the rise of greed, power, race and wealth that led to reshaping the rules of Wall Street and the world. Directed by Jackie Maxwell, Junk runs April 5 - May 5, 2019 in the Fichandler Stage.

VIDEO: Ayad Akhtar Talks About JUNK at Arena Stage Videoplay
VIDEO: Ayad Akhtar Talks About JUNK at Arena Stage

by Alan Henry - Apr 2, 2019

Arena Stage presents Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and author Ayad Akhtar's (Arena's Disgraced) timely tale Junk. Inspired by the real junk bond giants of the 1980s, Akhtar explores how the riveting, hostile takeover of a family-owned manufacturing company paved the way to expose the rise of greed, power, race and wealth that led to reshaping the rules of Wall Street and the world.

Video: JUNK by Ayad Akhtar Comes to Milwaukee Rep Videoplay
Video: JUNK by Ayad Akhtar Comes to Milwaukee Rep

by A.A. Cristi - Jan 16, 2019

Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents Junk, the hit Broadway play by Milwaukee native and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar in the Quadracci Powerhouse now through February 17, 2019.  Since its Broadway premiere at Lincoln Center last year, Ayad Akhtar along with Artistic Director Mark Clements have continued to hone Junk to bring Milwaukee audiences a new, two hour no intermission riveting story set in the financial world of the 1980s.

VIDEO: Inside Playhouse on the Square's JUNK Videoplay
VIDEO: Inside Playhouse on the Square's JUNK

by Stage Tube - Aug 22, 2018

Playhouse on the Square presents the regional premier of Pulitzer Prize winning author, Ayad Akhtar's new work.

WATCH NOW! Zooming in on the Tony Nominees: Paula Marie Black Videoplay
WATCH NOW! Zooming in on the Tony Nominees: Paula Marie Black

by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 5, 2018

Watch below as Paula tells us all about want this nomination means to her, how she's preparing for the Tonys, and so much more!

WATCH NOW! Zooming in on the Tony Nominees: Ayad Akhtar Videoplay
WATCH NOW! Zooming in on the Tony Nominees: Ayad Akhtar

by BroadwayWorld TV - May 28, 2018

Watch below as Ayad tells us all about want this nomination means to him, how he's preparing for the Tonys, and so much more!

Backstage with Richard Ridge: Cash In with JUNK Leading Man-
 Steven Pasquale! Videoplay
Backstage with Richard Ridge: Cash In with JUNK Leading Man- Steven Pasquale!

by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Nov 6, 2017

He has stolen hearts in Madison county, robbed settlers on the Natchez Trace, and now he's thieving on Wall Street. Or at least the characters he's played have...

BWW TV: Go Inside JUNK's Priceless Opening Night on Broadway! Videoplay
BWW TV: Go Inside JUNK's Priceless Opening Night on Broadway!

by TV - Opening Night Special - Nov 3, 2017

Lincoln Center Theater presents Junk, a new play by Ayad Akhtar, directed by Doug Hughes, which just opened last night, November 2, at the Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65 Street). BroadwayWorld was on hand for the special night and we're taking you straight to all of the action below!

BWW TV: See Steven Pasquale and More in Highlights from Ayad Akhtar's JUNK on Broadwa Videoplay
BWW TV: See Steven Pasquale and More in Highlights from Ayad Akhtar's JUNK on Broadway

by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 1, 2017

Lincoln Center Theater's production of Junk, a new play by Ayad Akhtar and directed by Doug Hughes, opens tomorrow, Thursday, November 2, at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. Check out highlights from the show in the video below!


Ayad Akhtar Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Ayad Akhtar been in?
Ayad Akhtar has appeared on Broadway in 1 shows.

How many West End shows has Ayad Akhtar been in?
Ayad Akhtar has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Ayad Akhtar been nominated for?
Best Play (Tony Awards) for Junk , Playwriting (Obie Awards) for The Invisible Hand , John Gassner Playwrighting Award (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Invisible Hand , Best Play (Tony Awards) for Disgraced , Playwriting (Obie Awards) for Disgraced John Gassner Award (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Disgraced and The Pulitzer Prize for Drama (The Pulitzer Prize) for Disgraced .

What awards has Ayad Akhtar won?
Playwriting (Obie Awards) for The Invisible Hand, John Gassner Playwrighting Award (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Invisible Hand Playwriting (Obie Awards) for Disgracedand The Pulitzer Prize for Drama (The Pulitzer Prize) for Disgraced.

How many shows has Ayad Akhtar written?
Ayad Akhtar has written 2 shows including Disgraced (Playwright), Junk (Playwright).


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