Rob Ackerman in 2011
December 1, 1958
|Notable work(s)||Tabletop, Volleygirls, Call Me Waldo|
Rob Ackerman (born December 1, 1958) is a contemporary American playwright. His plays include Tabletop, which won the 2001 Drama Desk Award for Best Ensemble Performance,Volleygirls, and Call Me Waldo.
Ackerman was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. He is a graduate of Middlebury College, where he majored in Theater and Spanish. He earned his M.F.A. in Stage Directing at Northwestern University. He now lives in Manhattan with his wife, author Carol Weston. They have two daughters and a cat named Mike.
Ackerman's first success was Tabletop, staged at the American Place Theatre in 2000. John Simon, writing for New York Magazine, called it "acidly funny" and "spot-on about the making of a T.V. commercial." Ackerman has since written Disconnect (2005, Working Theater, Classic Stage Company), Icarus of Ohio (2008, NYU Tisch School of the Arts), Volleygirls (2009, American Conservatory Theater), and Call Me Waldo (2012, Working Theater, Off Broadway and Kitchen Theater, Ithaca). His debut play, Origin of the Species, became a movie directed by Andrés Heinz, who wrote the original screenplay that became Black Swan. Ackerman won an award for Screenwriting at the Huntington International Independent Film Festival.
Monica Raymund and Sisu Theatricals are currently developing a musical version of Volleygirls under the direction of Neil Patrick Stewart with songs by Sam Forman and Eli Bolin. In July 2013, it was staged as part of the New York Musical Theater Festival where it won Best of Fest, Outstanding Ensemble, and Most Promising New Musical.
Ackerman's work has been published by Dramatists Play Service, Smith and Kraus, Vintage Books, and Playscripts, Inc. It has been nurtured and performed at Yaddo, Flux Theatre Ensemble, Access Theatre, At Hand Theatre, and Dorset Theatre Festival. For many years, he has also worked as a property master for the film unit of Saturday Night Live.
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