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Nationality  United States
Name  Mark Medoff
Role  Playwright

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Born  March 18, 1940 (age 75) Mount Carmel, Illinois, USA (1940-03-18)
Occupation  Playwright, screenwriter, film director, theater director, actor, professor
Alma mater  University of Miami Stanford University
Notable work(s)  Children of a Lesser God When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?
Awards  Obie Award for Distinguished Play (1974) Tony Award for Best Play (1980) Olivier Award for Best Play (1981)
Spouse  Stephanie Thorne (m. 1972)
Plays  Children of a Lesser God, When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?
Books  The Wager: A Play in Three Acts
Education  Stanford University (1966), University of Miami (1962)
Movies  Children of a Lesser God, Everest, Clara's Heart, Children on Their Birthdays, City of Joy
Similar People  Phyllis Frelich, Simon Beaufoy, Randa Haines, Lem Dobbs, Baltasar Kormakur

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Mark Medoff (born March 18, 1940) is an American playwright, screenwriter, film and theatre director, actor, and professor. His play Children of a Lesser God received both the Tony Award and the Olivier Award. He was nominated for an Academy Award and a Writers Guild of America Best Adapted Screenplay Award for the film script of Children of a Lesser God and for a Cable ACE Award for his HBO Premiere movie, Apology. He also received an Obie Award for his play When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? Medoff's feature film Refuge was released in 2010.


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When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? was adapted into a film with a screenplay by Medoff in 1979.

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Early life

Medoff was born in Mount Carmel, Illinois in 1940. In 1967, while working as an instructor at the Capitol Radio Engineering Institute in Washington, D.C., he wrote his first play, The Wager. His first play to be staged in New York City was When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?, which won him the 1974 Drama Desk and Obie Awards for Outstanding New Playwright.


Medoff received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Miami and his Master's from Stanford University. Medoff also received an honorary degree in 1981 from Gallaudet University.

Awards and nominations

Medoff's big breakthrough and most famous work was 1979's Children of a Lesser God, which won him the Tony, Drama Desk, and Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Play. Medoff was back on Broadway again with the staging of his play Prymate in 2005.

Medoff's screen credits include adaptations of his plays Red Ryder and Children of a Lesser God, for which he was nominated for an Oscar, BAFTA, and Writers Guild of America Award, Clara's Heart (for which he cast, and subsequently "discovered", Neil Patrick Harris), and City of Joy. In 2000, he produced and directed the documentary Who Fly on Angels’ Wings, about a mobile pediatric unit traveling through the under-served regions of southern New Mexico, and the following year he directed the feature film Children on Their Birthdays, based on the short story by Truman Capote.


Medoff was co-founder of the American Southwest Theatre Company and head of the Department of Theatre Arts for nine years at New Mexico State University, where he has been a professor for a total of twenty-seven years and currently is teaching Screenwriting and Acting for Film, Short Film Production, and Film Directing and Producing. He is currently the Creative Director of the Creative Media Institute at NMSU, the film dept at the university. The theater dept. is still the American Southwest Theater Company.

For one semester a year between 2003–06, he worked at Florida State University as a Reynolds Eminent Scholar in the School of Theatre. In the spring semester of 2008 he joined the faculty of the University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance as Distinguished Lecturer. He is the winner of the Kennedy Center Medallion for Excellence in Education and Artistic Achievement, given periodically to professionals in theater who also teach and mentor students.

Personal life

Medoff has been married to second wife Stephanie Thorne since 1972; they have three daughters.


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