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Meet Dan Berkowitz

Dan Berkowitz


City: West Hollywood
State: CA
Email Address: dan@danberkowitz.com
Web Address: http://danberkowitz.com

Plays By Dan Berkowitz

A Lovely Little LifeA... My Name Is Still Alice
Bodysurfing in the Sea of ContagionChitchat With the Succubus
Crime and Punishment: The MusicalMiami Beach Monsters
Mr. LuckyMy Little Brother
PrettySilver Linings
Simply DivineSkirting the Issues
Tables for TwoThe Holiday Tree
The Lesbian in the Tool ShedThe Palm Beach Caper
The Twinkie DefenseThere's No Place Like Hollywood!
To Be ContinuedWhen Oprah Says Goodbye
Yankee Doodle DonkeyYou Have a Friend at Chase Manhattan



DAN BERKOWITZ is Co-Chair of The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, and is a member of the Council of The Dramatists Guild of America, the professional association of playwrights, composers, and lyricists.

His one-man show, Crime and Punishment: The Musical debuted at Emerging Artists Theatre in New York in 2009, and his short play, Pretty, premiered at Turtle Shell Theatre in New York in 2010. He is co-author of There's No Place Like Hollywood!, an Ovation Award nominee for Best Musical; the off-Broadway musical Miami Beach Monsters; the revue A... My Name Is Still Alice, which premiered at San Diego's Old Globe, moved to Second Stage in New York, and has since been produced in more than 40 states; Skirting the Issues, a revue for The Women's Project in New York; Tables For Two, a musical revue which had two productions in the Hamptons and is aiming for a New York production; and others.

His play Bodysurfing in the Sea of Contagion won the $2,500 Max and Janet Salter Prize in the Julie Harris National Playwriting Competition and was a semi-finalist for the 2010 Ashland New Plays Festival, and his Simply Divine was chosen to be part of the Washington, DC Theatre Festival, and was produced at the Source Theatre.

As a principal scriptwriter for The Movie Channel's hosted format, Dan put many words in the mouths of on-air hosts Robert Osborne and Michele Russell, as well as dozens of "guest hosts" including James Earl Jones, Christopher Reeve, Joan Fontaine, Little Richard, and RUN DMC.

Dan spent a year as Senior Story Analyst for RHI Entertainment, a division of Hallmark. As a result of his work there, he was hired by Robert Halmi, Sr., producer of Lonesome Dove and The Odyssey, to write the treatment for the TV-movie Visit to a Chief's Son.

Dan is a graduate of Princeton University, and served on the steering committee for the L.A. celebration of its 250th Anniversary. He did graduate work in drama at Berkeley and studied with famed acting teacher Stella Adler. For a number of years, he made his living as a stage and cabaret producer/director, and a television producer. Each year since 2005, he has directed a new play at Hamilton Murray Theater in Princeton.

Dan has been a columnist for The Dramatist magazine, and is available as a script and production consultant.