Playwright and screenwriter Jonathan Dorf has had more than 1000 play productions, including productions in every US state, as well as in Canada, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. He has been a finalist for the Actors Theatre of Louisville Heideman Award, the Hyperion One Act Award, the Weinberger Playwright Residency and the Interact and Charlotte Rep New Play festivals, and he has worked with such companies as the Walnut Street Theatre, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, Ensemble Studio Theatre – LA, Moving Arts and the Pittsburgh New Works Festival. He co-founded YouthPLAYS, a growing publisher of plays and musicals for young actors and audiences at which a number of his plays reside, with more than 25 other works published by such companies as Playscripts, Brooklyn Publishers, Heuer and Original Works, and monologues published in collections published by Meriwether, Playscripts and Smith & Kraus.
He has been instrumental in the development of ProduceaPlay.com, the internet’s top “how to produce a play” resource site for prospective producers of theatre at all levels – schools, colleges, community and professional theatres. He is the resident playwriting expert for Final Draft (for whom he created the playwriting “Ask the Expert”) and The Writers Store (creator of Playwriting101.com, for many years Google’s top-ranked playwriting website, and playwriting instructor at Screenwriters University), the co-chair of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights and the former managing director of the Philadelphia Dramatists Center. He is also a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.
For screen, he has written a trio of produced shorts as well as an optioned feature. He is the author of Young Playwrights 101, a book for young playwrights and those who teach them, and conducts workshops at schools and festivals across the US and as far away as Japan, Malaysia and Singapore. He served as Visiting Associate Professor in the M.F.A. playwriting and children’s literature programs at Hollins University, and as United States Cultural Envoy to Barbados. He holds a B.A. in Dramatic Writing and Literature from Harvard University and an M.F.A. in Playwriting from UCLA.