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Arthur Giron

MFA Writing for Stage and Screen Mentor and Visiting Artist


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Arthur is one of the top contemporary playwrights in the country and the former Head of the Graduate Playwriting program at Carnegie-Mellon University. In addition to his work at Carnegie Mellon, he has also taught at Drew University and Sarah Lawrence College. A prolific writer, his plays have been published by Samuel French and produced in New York and throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe and include Moving Bodies, Edith Stein, Becoming Memories, Flight, Love and Murder, Money, Innocent Pleasures, Charlie Bacon and His Family, Boy Dies Dancing Mambo, Dirty Jokes, A Dream of Wealth, The Golden Guitar, Memories of Our Women, and St. Francis in Egypt, in addition to many one-acts. Arthur has also co-written the book to the Broadway musical Amazing Grace that opened in New York in July 2015, as well as a number of screenplays and the librettos for operas. In the forefront of the movement to engender scientific subject matter in plays, and with financial support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation which has commissioned him three times, his work has attracted major actors such as Alfred Molina, who portrayed physicist Richard Feynman in an audio tape of Giron's Moving Bodies, produced by L.A. Theater Works. His Galileo Prize winner Emilie's Voltaire has been seen so far in New York, Australia and Portugal.  Because Arthur is bilingual, he was commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera Guild to write an original Spanish-English libretto, The Golden Guitar. Since composers are attracted to his plays because they are naturally lyrical, his play Edith Stein has become an opera, and there are three musical versions of his play Flight. His work has won numerous awards and honors, including the Los Angeles Critics’ Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Writing (twice) as well as the Galileo Prize. He was nominated for a Daytime Drama Emmy when, in his younger days, he wrote for Another World.  Among Arthur’s recent New York productions are The Coffee Trees and Emilie’s Voltaire (both produced at the Beckett Theatre). Currently he is working with German composer Adrian Werum on adapting a Hermann Hesse novel to the stage and is writing a screenplay about Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Arthur is a Founding Member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre in NYC, currently in its 39th year, a theatre company in which he remains active and is dedicated to the production of new plays. He lives in New York with his wife Mariluz.