Jerome Kass Biography (1937-)

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"From 1962 to 1965, I was a student in a playwriting seminar presided over byHerbert Berghof at the HB Studio in New York. Each student was required eachweek to write a two-character one-act play of about ten pages. The plays would be read at each of our weekly meetings by actors from scene-study classesat the Studio. Each play was then criticized by anyone who had something to say: We'd then take the plays home and rework them. The plays were then made available to acting students at the Studio. The playwright was notified when a play of his (or hers) was to be performed. He'd see the play done and he'd have another opportunity to rework it. I saw some of my plays donedozens of times by different actors. In some cases, I'd rework a play every time I saw it done. This was how I learned the craft of playwriting. It was the most valuable education of my professional life."

Birth Details
April 21, 1937
Chicago, Illinois

Famous Works

  • Plays, Published
  • Monopoly (four short plays), 1965; Saturday Night, 1967; Ballroom, 1978.
  • Films
  • The Black Stallion Returns, 1983.
  • Television Films
  • A Brand New Life, 1973; Queen of the Stardust Ballroom, 1975; My Old Man, 1978; The Fighter, 1983.
  • Theatre-Related Career
  • Formerly an instructor of English at Queens College. New York (1962-64) and Brandeis University, New York (1959-61). Has taught screenwriting at the American Film Institute since 1983.

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