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Ayad AKHTAR Playwright and Novelist, New York


 Ayad Akhtar. Playwright, novelist, screenwriter. Plays: Disgraced(Pulitzer, Obie, Nestroy, Tony nomination for Best Play); Junk(Kennedy Award for Drama, Tony nomination for Best Play); The Invisible Hand (Obie, Outer Critics Circle, Evening Standard and Olivier nominations); The Who & The What. Fiction: American Dervish (published in over 20 languages worldwide, Book of the Year at Kirkus Reviews, 'O' Magazine, Toronto's Globe and Mail). Screenwriting: The War Within (Independent Spirit nomination for Best Screenplay); Promised Land (HBO); Dream Machine (FX/Scott Rudin). He is the recipient of an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the 2017 Steinberg Playwriting Award. Akhtar has received fellowships from the American Academy in Rome, MacDowell, the Sundance Institute, and Yaddo, where he serves as a Board Director. He is also a Board Trustee at PEN/America and New York Theatre Workshop.