Graduate Musical Theatre Writing, Art & Public Policy, Graduate Acting, Drama
M.A. Stanford University's PhD program
in Directing and Dramatic Criticism
Laurence Maslon (Associate Chair) is an Associate Arts Professor at the Graduate Acting Program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, with an affiliation in the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. His most recent book is Some Like It Hot: The Official 50th Anniversary Companion (HarperCollins) as well as The South Pacific Companion and The Sound of Music Companion (Simon and Schuster). With Michael Kantor, he has cowritten the six-part PBS series Make ‘Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America, as well as the companion volume (Twelve Publishing). He and Kantor were nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Writing of a Non-Fiction Series for this show. He also cowrote two episodes of the Emmy-winning Broadway: The American Musical with Kantor and the companion volume (which will be published by Applause in paperback in 2010). He wrote the acclaimed American Masters/Thirteen documentary Richard Rodgers: The Sweetest Sounds and is the editor of Kaufman & Co., the Library of America edition of George S. Kaufman’s plays, as well as his official website, www.georgeskaufman.com. In 2005, he wrote “Better When It’s Banned,” Jane Krakowski’s debut concert for Jazz at Lincoln Center and has written concerts and programs for the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, the Chicago Humanities Festival, and Carnegie Hall. He has hosted the pre-show seminars for City Center's Encores! series for a decade. He served on the nominating committee for the Tony Awards from 2007 to 2010. He received his BA from Brown University and his MA from Stanford University’s PhD program in Directing and Dramatic Criticism.