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Murray Horwitz, American Playwright. Recipient: Songwriters award American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, 1980-1992, Obie award Village Voice, 1978, Gold award Corporation for Public Broadcasting, 1991, Silver award, 1991.


Horwitz, Murray was born on September 28, 1949 in Dayton, Ohio, United States. Son of Alan Stanford and Charlotte (Vangrov) Horwitz.


AB, Kenyon College, 1970. Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), Kenyon College, 1992.


Clown, Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus, 1970-1972;newswriter, Station World International News Service, New York City, 1973;deputy press secretary, Speaker' General’ s Office, New York State Assembly, New York City, 1973-1978;freelance actor, writer, director, theater, film, television, New York City, 1978-1987;assistant director Opera-Museum Theater Program, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, 1987-1989;acting director opera music theater program, National Endowment for the Arts, 1989;director cultural programming, National Public Radio, Washington, since 1989.


  • Other Work

    • Author, lyricist, associate director (museum) Ain't Misbehavin' (Tony award, New York Critics award 1978). Author, director (museum) Haarlem Nocturne, 1984. Author Half A World Away, 1987.

      Author, host Jazzin It Up with Snoopy, Town Hall, Carnegie Hall, The ABC's of Jazz, Lincoln Center, 1992. Contributor (revue) Upstairs at O'Neal's, 1982.


Board directors Project Return Foundation, Incorporated, New York York City, 1979-1987. Committee member National Young Playwrights Festival, New York City, 1983-1987, 92—. Member American Federation of television and Radio Artists, Dramatists Guild (board directors Foundation of the Dramatists Guild (secretary 1983-1987, board directors since 1990), Directors Guild American, Society Stage Directors and Choreographers, Writers Guild American, Screen Actors Guild.

Clubs: The Players (New York City).


Married Lisa Miller, September 7, 1974. Children: Alexander, Ann, Charles.

Alan Stanford Horwitz

Charlotte (Vangrov) Horwitz

Lisa Miller

Alexander Horwitz

Ann Horwitz

Charles Horwitz