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educator , playwright

Herb Schapiro, American playwright, educator. Recipient Drama Desk award, 1971, King David award, 1972, Obie award, 1970; New York Council for Humanities grantee, 1977, 80; New Jersey Committee for Humanities grantee, 1978, 81, 83, National Endowment for Humanities grantee, 1985; New York State Arts Council Younger Audience Play Commission, 1978, Palm Beach Festival Commission, 1989.


Schapiro, Herb was born on January 20, 1929 in Brooklyn.


Bachelor, New York University, 1952. Master of Arts, New York University, 1956. Postgraduate, New York University, 1968.


Instructor, professor English City University of New York, Mercer College, Rutgers University, 1961-1972. Project member Writer-in-the Schools, Project National Education Association-Arts Council, New York-New Jersey, 1974-1978. Adjunct professor English, theatre, and writing New York University, City University of New York, New School, Fordham University, New York City, since 1976.

Director Prisons and Schools Equity Tour, The Me Nobody Knows, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, 1973.


  • Other Work

    • Author: (musical plays) The Me Nobody Knows, 1970 (Tony nominee for adaption 1970-1971), Teddy, 1975, Leading Lady, 1976, Don't Cry, Child, Your Father's in America, 1977-1978, (plays) A Little Something Before You Go, 1962 (Stanley drama award), Kid Stuff, 1978, Alinsky and the All-Americans, 1981-1982, review, 1989, Wallenberg, 1985, Opportunities, 1986 (for National Urban League). (with composer Ulf Bjorlin) A Wallenberg Portrait, 1989. (with composer Hale Smith) TraLaLa Lamia, 1991.

      (with composer Gary William Friedman) Bring in the Morning, 1993. (television projects) Whatever Happened to the Little Red Schoolhouse?, In the face of Justice, Mary Jemison: An American Life.


Served with United States Army, 1952-1954. Member Dramatists Guild, Broadcast Music, Inc. Clubs: Damned Human Race Supper Club Too (New York ).


Divorced; 1 child, Mark Andrew.

Mark Andrew Schapiro