Ayad Akhtar Poster


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Overview (1)

Date of Birth 28 October 1970New York City, New York, USA

Mini Bio (1)

From Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Graduated from Brown University.

Spent a year working with acting theorist and pioneer, Jerzy Grotowski (Towards a Poor Theater).

Has taught acting on his own and alongside Andre Gregory in New York City & Vienna, Austria.

Alumnus of the Graduate Film Program at Columbia University, with a degree in directing. Winner of a New York Documentary Center's Young Documentary Filmmakers' Award, an IFP Audience Choice Award and Programming Committee's Award for Best Film at the 2003 Columbia University Film Festival.

Author of numerous plays and screenplays. Ayad was star and co-writer of The War Within (Magnolia), which was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay.

His first novel, American Dervish, is being published by Little, Brown and Company in January 2012.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Michael G. Pollard

Trivia (3)

He was nominated at the 2005 Independent Spirit Awards for Best Screenplay for The War Within.
He was awarded the 2012 Equity Joseph Jefferson Award for New Work for "Disgraced" at the American Theater Company in association with The Araca Group in Chicago, Illinois.
His play, Disgraced, won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2013.

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