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director , educator , playwright

Jerome Lawrence, American playwright, director, educator.


Lawrence, Jerome was born on July 14, 1915 in Cleveland. Son of Samuel and Sarah (Rogen) Lawrence.


Bachelor, Ohio State University, 1937. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Ohio State University, 1963. Doctor of Letters, Fairleigh Dickinson University, 1968.

Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), Villanova University, 1969. Doctor of Letters, College Wooster, 1983.


Director various summer theaters, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, 1934-1937;reporter, telegraph editor, Wilmington (Ohio) News Journal, 1937;editor, Lexington Daily News, Ohio., 1937;continuity editor radio, Station KMPC, Beverly Hills, California, 1938-1939;senior staff writer, Columbia Broadcasting System, Hollywood, California and New York City, 1939-1942;president, writer, director, Lawrence & Lee, Hollywood, New York City and London, since 1945. Visiting professor Ohio State University, 1969, Salzburg Seminar in American Studies, 1972, Baylor University, 1978. Professor playwriting University Southern California Graduate School, since 1984.

Co-founder, judge Margo Jones award, New York City, since 1958. Co-founder, president American Playwrights Theatre, Columbus, Ohio, 1970-1985. Board directors American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, 1970-1980, Stella Adler Theatre, Los Angeles, since 1987, Plumstead Playhouse, since 1986.

Keynote speaker Bicentennial of Bill of Rights, Congress Hall, Philadelphia, 1991. Honorary member National Theatre Conference, 1993. Advisory board American Theatre in Literature Contemporary Arts Ednl.

Project, since 1993; playwright, since 1944.



A founder, overseas correspondent Armed Forces Radio Service. Member American Theatre Planning Board. Board directors National Repertory Theatre, Plumstead Playhouse.

Member of advisory board USDAN Center for Creative and Performing Arts, East-West Players, Performing Arts Theatre of Handicapped., Institute Outdoor Drama. Member State Department Cultural Exchange Drama Panel, 1961-1969. Delegate Chinese-American Writers Conference, 1982, 86, Soviet-American Writers Conference, 1984, 85.

American Writers representative to Hiroshima 40th Anniversary Commemorative, Japan, 1985. Member United States Cultural Exchange visit to theatre communities of Beijing and Shanghai, 1985. Advisory county California Ednl.

Theatre Association, California State University, California Repertory Company, Long Beach, since 1984. Fellow College American Theatre, Kennedy Center. Member National Theatre Conference (honorary), Academy Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (nominating committee best foreign films 1997), Academy television Arts and Sciences (2 Emmy award 1988), Authors League(county), American National Theatre and Academy (director, vice president), Ohio State University Association (director), Radio Writers' Guild (founder, president), Writers Guild American (director, founding member Valentine Davies award), Dramatists Guild (county), American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, California Ednl.

Theatre Association (Professional Artist award 1992), Century Club New York, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Delta Chi.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: traveling, photography, swimming.


Samuel Lawrence

Sarah (Rogen) Lawrence