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Zak Berkman



Nationality:    USA
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Literary Agent:    Creative Artists Agency NY  

Zak is a playwright, director, dramaturg, and producer. He joined Peoples Light as Associate Artistic Director in September, 2011, and became Producing Director in 2013. Previously, he was co-founder and Executive Director of Artistic Programming with Epic Theatre Ensemble, an OBIE, Drama League, and Lucille Lortel Award-winning artist-run company in New York City. During his ten years of leadership, Epic gained a distinguished reputation for developing new work and cultivating diverse, new audiences. The companys numerous Off-Broadway premieres include Sarah Ruhl's Passion Play, No Child... by Nilaja Sun, Palace of the End by Judith Thompson, and Hannah and Martin by Kate Fodor. Epic also produced the widely-acclaimed New York revival of JB Priestleys Time and the Conways. His own plays include Beauty on the Vine, A Breath Short of Breathing, and The Harassment of Iris Malloy. Beauty on the Vine has been produced in New York and Chicago, published by Dramatist Play Service, and optioned by Dirty Rice Pictures to be turned into a film. Zak also co-adapted Antigone and The Visit for Epic's nationally-recognized Arts-In-Education residencies that include the Coming Up Taller Award-winning Shakespeare Remix. Berkman is a former script writer for NBC's Days of our Lives. He is a married to Teri Lamm and they have two boys, Eliot and Theo.

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        Beauty On the Vine

Beauty On the Vine

From mixed-race identities to extreme plastic surgery, BeaUTY ON the VINe is a modern fable exploring the power of the human face in hothouse America. When a young female star of right-wing radio is brutally murdered, her husband and Father investigate the reasons behind the violence. they discover a world where young women transform themselves to look like their idols, and mothers lose their daughters to the illusion of popularity and power.


1st Produced:
Clurman Theatre, NY    2007

epic Theatre Center

1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, Inc   978-0822222880


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