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actor , screenwriter , Film director

Todd Graff, American screenwriter. Recipient Tony award nomination American Theatre Wing, 1984, award Theatre World, 1984, Director's Trophy Sundance Film Festival for Fly by Night, 1992; grantee National Institute for Music Theatre, 1990; advising fellow Sundance Screenwriter's Lab, 1993-1996. Arts mission leader Anti-Defamation League, B'nai Brith, Los Angeles, 1992.

Background

Graff was born in New York City, the son of Judith Clarice (née Oxhorn), a piano teacher and choirmaster, and Jerome Lawrence Graff, a musician.

Education

State University of New York at Purchase.

Career

Graff is an alumnus both as a camper and counselor of the Stagedoor Manor performing arts summer camp in upstate New York. He sang on the original-cast albums of Sesame Street (1970) and the follow-up Sesame Street 2 (1971). He garnered fame in 1975 when he joined the cast of the PBS children's television series The Electric Company.

Graff's writing credits include Camp, Used People, The Vanishing, and The Beautician and the Beast. Graff acted in several films including Death to Smoochy, Dominick and Eugene, Strange Days, Not Quite Paradise, and The Abyss. He starred in the 1987 Off-Broadway musical Birds of Paradise as Homer.

In 2006, Graff directed the stage musical 13 by Jason Robert Brown and Dan Elish at the Mark Taper Forum. In 2009, he co-wrote and directed the film Bandslam. In 2012 he wrote and directed the film Joyful Noise.

1984 Tony Award nominee as Featured Actor in a Musical for Baby Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition (2012) Made in Hollywood (2011) Hollywood Singing & Dancing: A Musical History – 1980s, 1990s and 2000s (2009) Hollywood Singing & Dancing: A Musical History – 1970's (2009) Under Pressure: Making 'The Abyss (1993) Joyful Noise (2012) Bandslam (2009) Camp (2003) The Beautician and the Beast (1997) Angie (1994) The Vanishing (1993) Fly by Night (1993) Used People (1992).

Achievements

  • 1984 Tony Award nominee as Featured Actor in a Musical for Baby\r\n1984 Won Theatre World Award for Baby (musical)\r\n2003 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize nominee for Camp.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Scriptwriter (films) Used People, 1992, Fly by Night, 1992, The Vanishing, 1993, Angie, 1994, Dangerous Minds, 1995, The Preacher's Wife, 1996, The Beautician and the Beast, 1996. Librettist (stage musical) Sheila Levine is Dead and Living in New York, 1991, (Richard Rodgers award 1991).

Membership

Playing the role of Jesse, a member of the Short Circus, he remained with the show to the end of its production in 1977 (replacing Stephen Gustafson).

Connections

father:
Jerome Lawrence Graff

mother:
Judith Clarice (Oxhorn) Graff