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Wendy Wasserstein


Wendy Wasserstein’s play THE HEIDI CHRONICLES won the 1989 Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award, and Susan Smith Blackburn Prize; the New York Drama Critics Circle, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards; and earned her a grant from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays. For THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG she received the 1993 Outer Critics Circle Award, a Tony Award nomination, and the William Inge Award for Distinguished Achievement in American Theatre. Other plays include OLD MONEY and AN AMERICAN DAUGHTER and THIRD (Lincoln Center); UNCOMMON WOMEN AND OTHERS (Phoenix Theater); ISN’T IT ROMANTIC (Playwrights Horizons); a musical, MIAMI (with Jack Feldman and Bruce Sussman); WAITING FOR PHILIP GLASS, included in LOVE’S FIRE (The Acting Company). Wasserstein’s screenplays include “The Object of My Affection,” produced as a major motion picture starring Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd. For PBS Great Performances she wrote “Kiss, Kiss Darling”; “Drive, She Said”; and adaptations of John Cheever’s “The Sorrows of Gin” and her own “Uncommon Women and Others.” She adapted THE HEIDI CHRONICLES for TNT (1996 Emmy Award nomination for Best Television Movie) and AN AMERICAN DAUGHTER for Lifetime Television. Her adaptation of “The Nutcracker” was performed at The American Ballet Theatre at The Met, and her adaptation of “The Merry Widow” premiered at San Francisco Opera. She was the librettist for the original opera “Festival of Regrets: Central Park,” which had runs at Glimmerglass Opera and New York City Opera. She wrote “Pamela’s First Musical,” a children’s book, which adapted with Cy Coleman into a musical which premiered in Spring 2006. Her other books include the essay collections “Shiksa Goddess” and “Bachelor Girls.” She contributed to “The New Yorker,” “The New York Times,” “New York Woman,” and “Harper’s Bazaar,” among many other publications. She was the recipient of an NEA Grant, Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome. She served on the Council of the Dramatists Guild, on the Board of the British American Arts Association, School of American Ballet, WNET/Thirteen, and The Educational Foundation of America. She taught at Columbia University, New York University, Juilliard School, and Princeton University, and held an Honorary Doctorate from Mount Holyoke College. Wasserstein was born in Brooklyn and raised in Manhattan. She was a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the Yale School of Drama.