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Hackett, Albert
(1900-1995) Mr. Hackett made his New York stage debut as an actor as a little girl in Lottie, the Poor Saleslady in 1906. He appeared in productions of Peter Pan, Crime, Whoopee and The Nervous Wreck. With Frances Goodrich, whom he married in 1931, he ...
Halberstam, Michael
Michael Halberstam (Artistic Director) is the co-founder of Writers Theatre a theatre company dedicated to the world and the artist located on the North Shore of Chicago. He has directed over thirty-five productions for the company, including Not ...
Hammerstein, James
James Hammerstein (1931-1999) director and producer, co-produced the currently long-running international Off-Broadway musical, I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE, and the recent Off-Broadway hit, OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS. Hammerstein ...
Hammerstein, William
William Hammerstein (1918-2001) was born in New York City, first in the fourth generation of a family prominent in the American theatre for over one hundred years. He began his professional career as stage manager at the Saint Louis Municipal Opera, ...
Hammerstein II, Oscar
Oscar Hammerstein II was born on July 12, 1895 in New York City. His father, William, was a theatre manager and for many years director of Hammerstein's Victoria, the most popular vaudeville theatre of its day. His uncle, Arthur Hammerstein, was a ...
Hampton, Christopher
Christopher Hampton's plays, musicals and translations have garnered four Tony Awards, Two Olivier Awards, four Evening Standard Awards and the New York Theatre Critics Circle Award while prizes for his film and television work include An Academy Award, ...
Harnick, Sheldon
Born April 30, 1924 and raised in Chicago, Sheldon Harnick began studying the violin while in grammar school. After serving in the U.S. Army for three years, he enrolled in the Northwestern University School of Music, and earned a Bachelor of Music ...
Hart, Charles
Charles Hart was born in London and educated in Maidenhead and Cambridge. He has written words for musicals, (THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and ASPECTS OF LOVE),  opera (THE VAMPYR, BBC 2) and miscellaneous songs, as well as both words and ...
Hart, Lorenz
Lorenz Hart was born in New York City on May 2, 1895, the oldest of two sons of Frieda and Max Hart.  Hart graduated from Columbia Grammar School, and attended the Columbia School of Journalism.  In the late 'teens a mutual friend introduced ...
Hart, Moss
(1904-1961) Moss Hart began his career as a playwright, director and producer in 1930 when, with George S. Kaufman, he wrote ONCE IN A LIFETIME. Subsequent Kaufman and Hart successes include MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU and THE MAN ...
Hauptman, William
William Hauptman was born in Texas and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and the Yale School of Drama. His plays include Heat, Shearwater, Gillette, and Domino Courts, which won a 1977 Village Voice Obie Award. Big River, written in ...
Hendry, Tom
Tom Hendry is a Canadian whose collaborations with Stanley Silverman began at the Stratford (Ontario) Festival, where for some time Mr. Hendry was Literary Manager. He is co-founder of the influential Manitoba Theatre Center in Winnipeg, of Canadian ...
Hill, Brian
Brian was associate director of the national tours of Sunset Boulevard and The Sound of Music, resident director of the Broadway company of Disney's The Lion King, and associate director of The Little Mermaid. With Neil Bartram he has written The ...
Charles Hodge
Chad Hodge is the co-creator, showrunner and executive producer of TNT's drama “Good Behavior,” which recently returned for a second season. The series stars Michelle Dockery, and is based on the Letty Dobesh novellas by Blake Crouch.Prior to “Good ...
Hough, Paul
Paul Hough has collaborated as a stage director on the three LaZebnick and Kingsley Day BYRNE, BABY, BYRNE Chicago events, on the workshop for The Chicago Theatre Project and the initial commercial run of their DEAR AMANDA and on the ...
Howe, William
Bill Howe is a native of Dallas. He moved to California in its golden days to graduate from LA High School, and UCLA in time to sail the seven seas during the Second World War. After several years of writing film reviews and special material in ...
Hudes, Quiara Alegría
Quiara Alegría Hudes is a playwright, professor of writing and theater at Wesleyan University, and native of West Philly, U.S.A. Hailed for her work’s exuberance, intellectual rigor, and rich imagination, her plays and musicals have been performed ...
Hughes, Langston
(James Mercer) Langston Hughes (1902-67) was born in Joplin, Missouri, and educated at Lincoln University (Pennsylvania). He worked as a seaman, busboy and teacher in several American cities and abroad. He studied in the Soviet Union and, during the ...
Hwang, David Henry
David Henry Hwang’s stage works includes the plays M. Butterfly, Chinglish, Yellow Face, Kung Fu, Golden Child, The Dance and the Railroad, and FOB, as well as the Broadway musicals Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida (co-author), Flower Drum Song (2002 ...

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Iredale, Jane
Jane Iredale was nominated for a Tony Award for the book to the Broadway musical WIND IN THE WILLOWS. She was the co-producer and script editor of the Peabody-Award winning Mark Twain series on PBS, which included Life on the Mississippi, The Innocents ...
Irving, Washington
Washington Irving (1783-1859) was born on April 30, 1783, in New York City. He began to contribute satirical essays and sketches to New York newspapers as early as 1802. A group of these pieces, written from 1802 to 1803, was collected under the title ...
Ives, David
David Ives was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play for Venus In Fur, which has been produced all over the country and the world, and was turned into a film by Roman Polanski. He is also well known for his evenings of one-act comedies All In The ...

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Jessel, Raymond
Born in 1929, Ray Jessel hails from Cardiff, where he received his music degree from the University of Wales. He won a scholarship to study composition for a year in Paris as a graduate student with Arthur Honegger. He emigrated to Canada, where he began ...
Johnston, Donald
Donald has been music director and/or arranger on more than a dozen Broadway shows, including Tony award winners 42ND STREET and NICHOLAS NICKELBY. He also has written arrangements and orchestrations for productions at the Goodspeed Opera House and ...
Joplin, Scott
Scott Joplin (1868-1917), American composer and pianist, is one of the most important developers of ragtime music. Born in Texarkana, Texas, Joplin taught himself piano as a child, learning classical music from a German neighbor. In his teens he became ...