October 28, 1970
Staten Island, New York, U.S.
Ayad Akhtar (born October 28, 1970) is an Pakistani American actor and writer. He is the recipient of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. [1 ]
Early life and career [ edit ]
Akhtar was born in
Staten Island, New York City and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After spending most of his childhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he attended Brown University where he majored in theater. After graduation he moved to Italy and studied acting with Jerzy Grotowski for a year. Akhtar then returned to the United States to teach acting classes with [2 ] Andre Gregory and earn his Master of Arts in directing from Columbia University School of the Arts. While at Columbia he and classmates Tom Glynn and Joseph Castelo formed the idea for , a film about an ordinary man The War Within radicalized into becoming a terrorist. Akhtar also starred in the film playing Hassan, the would-be terrorist. [2 ] In 2011 he played [3 ] Neel Kashkari in the HBO film . Too Big to Fail [4 ]
Akhtar has written for the stage. His playwriting credits include
, which premiered at The American Theater Company in January 2012 Disgraced and which was staged at LCT3/ [5 ] Lincoln Center in New York in October 2012, and won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The play's New York cast included [1 ] Aasif Mandvi, Heidi Armbruster, Erik Jensen and Karen Pittman. [6 ] was revived on Broadway at the Disgraced Lyceum Theatre, beginning on September 27, 2014. The cast included Hari Dhillon, Gretchen Mol, Josh Radnor, and Karen Pittman. [7 ]
The Invisible Hand, opened Off-Broadway at the New York Theater Workshop on December 7, 2014. Directed by Ken Russ Schmoll, the cast features [8 ] Justin Kirk, Jameal Ali, Usman Ally and Dariush Kashani. The play had its world premiere at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis in March 2012 [9 ] and then was produced at ACT Theatre, Seattle in September 2014. [10 ] In association with ACT Theatre, [11 ] Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland presented the play in March 2015. The play won the 2015 [12 ] Outer Critics Circle Award, John Gassner Award. It will be performed at the [13 ] Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley, California in June 2016. [14 ]
His first novel,
, was published by American Dervish Little Brown Publishing in January 2012 to positive reviews from critics. He is working on his second novel. [15 ]
Film and television [ edit ]
"Life Document 2: Identity"
Directed, wrote script and served as editor
The War Within Hassan
2006 Independent Spirit Awards Himself
"FCU: Fact Checkers Unit"
Too Big to Fail
Neel Kashkari TV film
The Invisible Hand Writer
The Who & the What Writer
References [ edit ]
^ a b c Associated Press (April 16, 2013). "Ayad Akhtar’s ‘Disgraced,’ play about a dinner party gone awry, wins Pulitzer Prize for drama". Washington Post.
^ a b Wagner, Annie (October 19, 2005). "Annie Wagner Talks to Ayad Akhtar and Tom Glynn". The Stranger . Retrieved . May 31, 2011
^ Pais, Arthur J. (October 6, 2005). "What goes on in a terrorist's mind". Rediff . Retrieved . May 31, 2011
^ Dudek, Duane (May 19, 2011). "Akhtar finds new opportunities in fiction, HBO". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel . Retrieved . May 31, 2011
^ Jones, Chris (Jan 21, 2012). "Tolerance is no easy out in riveting 'Disgraced. '" Chicago Tribune.
^ Broadway.com. "Lincoln Center Theater to Kick Off LCT3 Season with Ayad Akhtar's . Disgraced"
^ Isherwood, Charles. "Theater Review. A Hostage Bets on the Market for Survival" The New York Times, December 8, 2014
^ Staff. "Casting Announced for Pulitzer Prize Winner Ayad Akhtar's 'The Invisible Hand' at NYTW" playbill.com, October 30, 2014
^ Hetrick, Adam. Ayad Akhtar's 'The Invisible Hand' Will Premiere in St. Louis" playbill.com, February 27, 2012
^ Berson, Misha. " 'The Invisible Hand': A taut thriller, starring terrorism and high finance" Seattle Times, September 12, 2014
^ Homepage Artists Repertory Theatre
^ Clement, Olivia. " 'Curious Incident' Top Winner at Outer Critics Circle Awards" playbill.com, May 11, 2015
^ Akhtar, Ayad (January 6, 2012). ". 'Dervish' Whirls Into Publishing World" Wall Street Journal . Retrieved . January 19, 2012
^ "Little, Brown and Company Fall '11/Winter '12" (PDF). Little, Brown and Company. May 10, 2011 . Retrieved . May 31, 2011
^ King, Susan (November 30, 2005). "Getting into the Spirit of awards season". Los Angeles Times. p. E3.
^ ". "Six Finalists Named For Steinberg/ATCA," nation's largest new play award"
^ "OBIE Winners" playbill.com
External links [ edit ]