George Herman (playwright)

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George Herman
Born George Adam Herman, Jr.
(1928-04-12) April 12, 1928 (age 89)
Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Occupation Playwright, writer, academic
Nationality United States
Alma mater Loyola College
Catholic University of America
Period 1960s-present
Magnum opus A Company of Wayward Saints
Awards McKnight Foundation Humanities Award (1963)

George Adam Herman, Jr. (born April 12, 1928) is an American playwright and writer.


Early years and Education[edit]

Herman was born in Norfolk, Virginia. He attended a parochial school and High School in Maryland, and then earned a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy from Loyola College. From 1947 to 1949, Herman also spent three summers at the Boston College School of Expressional Art on a playwrighting scholarship. In 1954, he earned a Master of Fine Arts from Catholic University of America.


Herman has taught playwrighting and has been the artist-in-residence at numerous American universities. For 16 years he lived and worked in Hawaii on the staff of the State Superintendent of Education. He has directed over 200 plays for numerous schools and theatres, has served as the Artistic Director for at least one theatre (the Commedia Repertory Theatre in Hawaii), and has designed sets and lighting for more than 40 productions.

While in Hawaii, Herman also worked for as a theatre columnist and drama critic. He turned to writing novels at age 65, and has published seven novels and one children's book to date.

As a playwright, Herman has won numerous awards since 1953. His best known play is "A Company of Wayward Saints", which has been in print continuously since it was first published in 1963. His plays for radio, TV, and the stage have been produced around the world. He currently has five published plays, and number of his award winning unpublished plays are also available through his website. Herman has received more than 30 awards for his writing.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Herman has been married three times, has nine children of his own, and seven grandchildren. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon.


  • 1953 Hartke Playwrighting Award - "The Pygmalion Effect"
  • 1963 McKnight Foundation Humanities Award - "A Company of Wayward Saints"
  • 1974 Julie Harris-Beverly Hills Theatre Award - "The Man in the Cordoban Hat"
  • 1976 Ayling Foundation Awards for new plays for children - "Nine Dragons"
  • 1980 Ayling Foundation Awards for new plays for children - "The Hidden Place"
  • 1985 Roberts Theatre Institute Award - "The King Has Gone to Tenebrae"
  • 1993 Julie Harris-Beverly Hills Theatre Award - "Pious Nine is Falling Down"


Published Plays[edit]



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