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Mark Medoff


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Mark Medoff received a Tony Award for CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD, as well as Outer Critics and Drama Desk awards. He was nominated for an Academy Award for the film script of CHILDREN and a Cable ACE award for his HBO premiere movie “Apology.” He received Obie, Outer Critics, and Drama Desk awards for WHEN YOU COMIN’ BACK, RED RYDER? He served on the English and theatre arts faculty at New Mexico State University for twenty-seven years. He was head of theare arts at NMSU for seven years and co-founder and artistic director of the American Southwest Theatre Company for five years. He is currently Reynolds Eminent Scholar in the School of Theatre at Florida State University. Mark is the author of twenty-six plays. In addition to CHILDREN and RED RYDER, those that have had productions in New York are THE WAGER, THE HALLOWEEN BANDIT, THE HANDS OF ITS ENEMY, THE HEART OUTRIGHT, THE MAJESTIC KID, and PRYMATE, which played on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre in 2004. Among his eleven screenwriting credits are “Clara’s Heart,” “Off Beat,” “City of Joy,” “Homage,” and “Santa Fe.” He is the author of one novel, “Dreams of Long Lasting.” In 2000, Mark produced and directed the documentary “Who Fly on Angel’s Wings,” about a mobile pediatric unit traveling the underserved areas of southern New Mexico. In 2001, he directed the feature film “Children on Their Birthdays,” based on the story by Truman Capote. The film received the Platinum Award in the family/children division of the Worldfest Houston Film Festival. He is a fellow of the college of Fellows of the American Theatre. In 2004, Mark’s play THE SAME LIFE OVER, had its first production at the Northeast Theater. “The Dramaturgy of Mark Medoff – Five Plays Dealing with Deafness and Social Issues” was published in 2004. A collection of the five bilingual plays Mark wrote in English and American Sign Language during his quarter-century relationship with Phyllis Frelich, it was released by the Edwin Mellen Press. He has been married for over thirty years to Stephanie Medoff; they have three daughters and four grandchildren.