Arthur Kopit, founder of The Lark's Playwright's Workshop, Tony-nominated avant-garde playwright and venerated teacher died on Friday, April 2nd, 2021 at his home in Manhattan. He was 83.
ARTHUR KOPIT is a playwright, served as Director of The Lark’s Rita Goldberg Playwrights’ Workshop from 2001-2018, a signature fellowship program that has sparked the creation of hundreds of new plays—many of which have found firm footing in the American repertory. He joined the Board of Trustees in 2003. His plays include Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad (Drama Desk Award); Indians (Tony Nominee, Finalist for Pulitzer Prize); Wings (Tony Nominee, Finalist for Pulitzer Prize); a new translation of Ibsen's Ghosts; the book for the musical Nine (Tony Award for Best Musical, 1982; Tony Award for Best Musical revival, 2003); End of the World With Symposium to Follow; the books for the musicals Phantom and High Society; Road to Nirvana; Chad Curtiss, Lost Again; BecauseHeCan; A Dram of Drummhicit (written with Anton Dudley); and various one-act plays. He was the 2014 recipient of the Dramatists Guild Flora Roberts Award and the William Inge Award for Distinguished Playwriting. He has taught playwriting at New York University’s Graduate Department of Dramatic Writing, the Yale School of Drama, Wesleyan University, Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, and Hunter College. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, where he serves on the Dramatists Guild Council.