Ira Gamerman

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Ira Gamerman is an Australian American podcaster, playwright, professor and screenwriter. His dramatic work has been produced by The Kennedy Center, Collaboraction, Short & Sweet Sydney, Source Festival, and The Chicago New Media Summit. He composes music as Ira Lawrences Haunted Mandolin on an electric mandolin he received from his estranged grandmother.

Podcasting[edit]

As a podcaster, he writes for Radiotopia’s THE TRUTH (featured on This American Life) where his collaborative audio-play Biological Clock won a 2013 Mark Time Award from the Fire Sign Theater for Best Science Fiction Audio Production of the Year. He also co-created and co-hosts DANGEROUSLY UNQUALIFIED: A PODCAST ABOUT LOVE with EST/Youngblood Alumni Playwright Ryan Dowler through BSD MEDIA. Internationally, Ira is Co-Creative Artistic Director of AUSTRALIAMERICAN THEATER CONGLOMORATE: EVERYTHING IS EVERYWHERE (2 Americans 2 Aussies 2 Gals 2 Dudes 2 Goys 2 Jews 2 Legit 2 Quit) with Jessica Bellamy, David Finnigan, and Siobhan O’loughlin. Ira holds a BA in Theater from Towson University, an MFA in Playwriting from Ohio University, and studied Devised theater at the (now defunct) Dartington College Of Art in the UK.[citation needed]

Education[edit]

As an educator, Gamerman has taught undergraduate theater at Ohio University and Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn in addition to playwright-mentoring Young Playwrights Festivals at Atlanta’s Horizon Theater and Baltimore’s Center Stage.[citation needed]

Journalism[edit]

As a music journalist, Gamerman has been published by Consequence Of Sound, Eleven Magazine in St. Louis (even though he has never actually visited St. Louis), and Howlround. He was also an extra in Season 3 of The Wire and has the screenshot to prove it if you don’t believe him.[citation needed]

Split is about an angsty young man attempting to find himself, while interacting with imaginary friends including Vince Vaughn and an angry Alaskan, Mr Eskimo. The Baltimore Sun praised its "playful inventiveness".[1] BroadwayWorld.com compared it to Neil Simon.[2] The Baltimore City Paper appreciated the way Gamerman turned a "fairly inauspicious scenario" into an "achievement" that accurately represents modern patterns of thought, comparing it to sitcoms such as Scrubs.[3]

Awards[edit]

In 2006, City Paper voted Gamerman “Best Playwright Of Baltimore” and in 2009, he was nominated for a New York Innovative Theater Award for best short play.[citation needed]

Works[edit]

Full-length plays[edit]

Short plays[edit]

  • A Girl With A Black Eye
  • Dated: A Cautionary Tale For Facebook Users
  • "Play (by play by play by play by play by play by play by play by play by play by play. No repetition.)"
  • I'll Hear It When I See It
  • Actual Magic

One-act plays[edit]

  • "The Best Secret Santa Present EVER In The History Of Peckinpaw High School"
  • "Skyscrapers In Sheepskin"

Press[edit]

Ira Gamerman's plays have received reviews from the Chicago Sun-Times,[citation needed] The Baltimore Sun,[1] Time Out Chicago,[citation needed] City Paper,[3] and Broadwayworld.com.[2]

Gamerman was voted "Best Playwright" for "Split" in City Paper's 2006 Best Of Baltimore Awards[4] and noted as one of "15 Young Baltimore Theatre Artists to Watch" by Broadwayworld.com.[5]

Gamerman has appeared in Chicago Magazine[6] and been interviewed by Broadwayworld.com.[7][8]

His short play "Dated: A Cautionary Tale For Facebook Users" was nominated for a 2009 New York Innovative Theater Award for best short play.[9][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Rousuck, J Wynn (August 17, 2006). "Festival's maturity becomes evident through teen and quarter-life crises". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Howard, James (August 25, 2006). "REVIEW: SPLIT: BPF at Fells Point Corner Theatre". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Barry, John (August 16, 2006). "Reality Check". Baltimore City Paper. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Best Playwright Ira Gamerman". Baltimore City Paper. 2006-09-20. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  5. ^ CHARM CITY STAGE DOOR – August 29, 2006 (baltimore.broadwayworld.com)
  6. ^ Young Writers Block - Chicago Magazine - May 2008 - Chicago
  7. ^ INTERVIEW: Award-winning Playwright on 'Split' and TU Printer-Friendly (BroadwayWorld.com)
  8. ^ What Do You Do With a B.A. in Theatre? Pt. II: Playwright Printer-Friendly (BroadwayWorld.com)
  9. ^ "2009 IT Awards Nominees". New York Innovative Theater Awards. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "Maxwell, Carmichael, Cassidy and Broadwater Nominated for 2009 IT Awards". Playbill. 20 Jul 2009. Retrieved 17 December 2013.