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photographer , playwright

Robert Jonathan Kornfeld, American playwright, photographer.


Kornfeld, Robert Jonathan was born on March 3, 1919 in Newtonville, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Lewis Felix and Lillian (Seiferth) Kornfeld.


AB, Harvard College, 1941.


Script writer Station XEQ, Mexico City, 1938-1939. Editor Federal Writers Project, New Orleans, 1941-1942. Reporter The Examiner, San Francisco, 1942-1943.

Copy writer Conner Company, 1944, Albert Frank Agency, New York City, 1945-1947, Agricultural Advisory & Research, New York City, 1947-1950, Knox Kornfeld & Smith, New York City, 1950-1960. Writer Robert Kornfeld Associate, 1961-1978, playwright, from 1979. Visiting artist American Academy in Rome, 1996.

Adviser Classic Stages of Louisiana. Play reader, 2004—2005. Private United States Army, 1939-1940.



Chairman Riverdale History District, from 1975, Toscanini Collection, 1984—1987, Landmarks Task Force, 1975—1999. Board directors History District Council, from 1978. Member Time Square Playwrights, from 2005.

Board directors Riverdale Nature. Active Bronx County Democratic Committee. Member Banjamin Franklin Dem Club, Democratic County Committee, from 2004.

Board directors Riverdale Neighborhood House, 1968—1990, Theater for the New City, New York City, 1992—2005, Metropolitan Historic Structures Association. Member Dramatists Guild, New York Theatre League, Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association (freedom to write committee), Harvard Club (New York City), Riverdale Yacht Club, National Arts Club (co-chair literature committee), Harvard Indiana Film Group, Sierra Club, Times Square Playwrights.


Married Celia Seiferth Kornfeld, August 23, 1945. 1 child: Robert J. Junior.

Lewis Felix Kornfeld

Lillian (Seiferth) Kornfeld

Celia Seiferth Kornfeld