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M. Z.Ribalow

Artistic Director

M. Z. Ribalow has had 24 of his plays receive some 180 productions worldwide, including at Dublin's Abbey Theatre and numerous times in London and NY. They have won awards in London, New York, and regionally. His work is published and anthologized. He has also won national awards for fiction, his widely published poetry, and musical lyrics; co-written ten children's books; and published articles on sports, music, theatre, literature, film, travel, and chess. He is co-author of three books on sports, and is Director of an award-winning sports website. Several of his screenplays have been optioned; he was film columnist for The Sciences magazine, and has appeared as a film historian on The Discovery Channel and on special feature documentaries of several DVD releases of classic films.

Mr. Ribalow has directed plays in London and New York featuring Blythe Danner, Brian Dennehy, Holly Hunter, Ellen Barkin, Allison Janney, Eli Wallach, Zero Mostel, Christopher Walken, Burgess Meredith, Ruby Dee and many others. He was Joseph Papp's Production Associate at the NY Shakespeare Festival for several years, and founded The American Repertory Company of London, and directed Children Of the Sun , a world premiere by Pulitzer Prize-winner N. Scott Momaday, at the Kennedy Center in Washington. He was Vice-President of The Creative Coalition with President Alec Baldwin as well as International Arts Coordinator of The Global Forum, where he worked with The Dalai Lama, Robert Redford Thor Heyerdahl, and Mikhail Gorbachev. He is currently full-time Artist-in-Residence at Fordham University, and also teaches at The William Esper Studio. In 2009, six of his plays were produced in New York (and another in Estonia). In 2010-2011, three different presses will publish his fiction (“Lady Luck”), a new play ( Masterpiece ), and a collection of his poetry ( Chasing Ghosts ).