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Ayad Akhtar

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 ... See full bio »

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 2011 Too Big to Fail (TV Movie)
Neel Kashkari
 2007 FCU: Fact Checkers Unit (Short)
 2006 Long After (Short)
 2005 The War Within
 2002 Life Document 2: Identity (Short)
 1994 Vanya on 42nd Street
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 2002 Life Document 2: Identity (Short)
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 2002 Life Document 2: Identity (Short)
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 2001 The Mark of Cain (Documentary) (thank you - as Ayad Stehle-Akhtar)
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 2020 Titel, Thesen, Temperamente (TV Series)
- Episode dated 18 October 2020 (2020) ... Self
 2019 UnRepresented (Documentary)
Self - playwright, author
 2015-2017 Theater Talk (TV Series)
Self - Guest
- "Junk" and "20th Century Blues" (2017) ... Self - Guest
 2016 The Pulitzer at 100 (Documentary)
Self - Playwright
 2012 Tavis Smiley (TV Series)
- Episode dated 26 April 2012 (2012) ... Self
 2006 2006 Independent Spirit Awards (TV Special)
Self - Nominee

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Other Works:

(October 14 to November 8, 2016) His play, "Disgraced," was performed in a Long Wharf Theatre production on Claire Town Stage in the C. Newton Schenk III Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut. Gordon Edelstein was director. Lee Savage was set designer. Ilona Somogyi was costume designer. Eric Southern was lighting designer. David ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Ayad Stehle-Akhtar

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In my early 30s, I started to realise I was avoiding something on a personal level, but also as a writer. I was in denial about who I was, and was trying to be someone who I was not. See more »


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. See more »

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