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critic , Editor , writer

Townsend Tyler Brewster, American writer, critic, editor. Recipient Louise Bogan Memorial prize in poetry New York Poetry Forum, New York City, 1975, Jonathan Swift award for satire Commonwealth University, 1979; National Theatre Conference Playwrights' fellow, 1947; Koussevitsky scholar Berkshire Music Festival, 1947, Morris Playwriting scholar American Theatre Wing, 1955; National Endowment for Arts librettists' grantee, 1977.


Brewster, Townsend Tyler was born on July 23, 1924 in Glen Cove, New York, United States. Son of Townsend and Sara Frances (Tyler) Brewster.


Bachelor, Queens College, 1947. Master of Arts, Columbia University, 1962.


Translator/adapter NBC television Opra, New York City, 1950-1951. Questionnaire processor Alfred Politz Research, Inc., 1953-1958. Copywriter Hicks & Greist, 1958-1962.

Librarian Lennen & Newell, New York City, 1962-1967. Lecturer theatre department City College of New York, 1969-1973. Editor Harlem Cultural Review, New York City, since 1973.

Board directors Harlem Cultural Center for Contemporary Opera. Consultant Apollo Opera and Drama Company.


  • Other Work

    • Theatre critic for: Denver Quarterly, Show Business, Amsterdam News, Players, Big Red, Routes, Black Arts, New York. Librettist: operas The Tower, 1957. Playwright, translator Please Don't Cry and Say No, 1972.

      Translator The Liar (Pierre Corneille), 1985, Monsieur Thôgô-gnini (Bernard Dadié), 1986, Les Hauts et les bas dla vie d'une diva: Sarah Ménard par eux-memes (Jean-Claude Germain), 1986, Equatorium (Maxime Ndebeka), 1987, La Tortue qui chante (Sénouvo Agbota Zinsou), 1987. Playwright: Black High, 1977, Arthur Ashe and I, 1979. Radio appearances on shows on black theatre, Danmarks Radio, Copenhagen, 1972.


Member Dramatists Guild, Outer Critics Circle, Broadcast Music, Inc., Music Theater Workshop, International Brecht Society, Maple Leaf Society, American Society of Composers.


Townsend Brewster

Sara Frances (Tyler) Brewster