about the writer

Sandra Perlman

Sandra Perlman is an award winning playwright and teacher with more than a dozen plays produced around the world including The Cleveland PlayHouse, New Jersey Repertory and many small theaters and universities. In 2011, her full length drama JOCASTA was translated into Hindi and performed in India; IN SEARCH OF RED RIVER DOG was directed in Nice, France and her newest script, 2/CAUGHT, was a semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference.

Perlman’s plays are dramatic, funny – sometimes absurd. They may explore contemporary life (SWANN, CLIFF DIVING, THE BEATRICE FACTOR) or include a new look at an old Greek tragedy (JOCASTA), Shakespeare’s KING LEAR (LUNACY), the sacrifice of a real family in Ohio during WWI (DEAR MOTHER & ALL) or the impact of the May 4th shootings on the campus of Kent State during anti-war demonstrations in 1970 (NIGHTWALKING).

Perlman is the recipient of three Ohio Arts Council fellowships in playwriting for IN SEARCH OF RED RIVER DOG, CLIFF DIVING and most recently SWANN. She was nominated for the American Theatre Critics Association’s M. Elizabeth Osborn Award for Emerging Playwright. Her play LUNACY premiered at Dobama Theatre in May of 2007 to rave reviews during The Cleveland PlayHouse FusionFest.

A former writer-host for PBS television Channels 45/49, Perlman has also taught and lectured about playwriting at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland State University. Excerpts from her plays have been published in anthologies by Dramatic Publishing, Smith & Kraus and the Middle Tennessee State University Press.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Perlman lives in Kent, Ohio with her artist husband, Henry Halem. Their daughter, Jessica Halem, is a stand-up comic in NYC.