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Rajiv Joseph

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RAJIV JOSEPH is a playwright, screenwriter, television writer and opera librettist. He has written numerous plays at The Lark, where he has taken part in nearly all of its programs as a writer or leader. He has traveled the world extensively for Lark projects and became a Trustee in 2011. His play Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, substantially written in The Lark's Rita Goldberg Playwrights’ Workshop, was a 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist for drama. His plays include Guards at the Taj, Huck and Holden, Gruesome Playground Injuries,Animals Out of Paper, The Monster at the Door and The North Pool. He is the book-writer and co-lyricist for the musical Fly, adapted from JM Barrie’s novel Peter Pan, wrote for the Showtime television series Nurse Jackie, and co-authored the screenplay for the film Draft Day, starring Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner. Recognition includes a Steinberg Playwright Award, Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award, a United States Artists Grant, the Whiting Award, the Glickman Award, and the National Endowment for the Arts Outstanding New American Play grant. He received his BA in Creative Writing from Miami University and his MFA in Playwriting from the Rita and Burton Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He served for three years in the Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa.