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Ayad Akhtar

From Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Graduated from Brown University. Spent a year working with acting theorist and pioneer, Jerzy Grotowski (Towards a Poor Theater). Has taught acting on his own and alongside Andre Gregory in New York City & Vienna, Austria. Alumnus of the Graduate Film Program at Columbia University, with a degree in directing. Winner of a ... See full bio »

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 2011 Too Big to Fail (TV Movie)
Neel Kashkari
 2007 FCU: Fact Checkers Unit (Short)
 2006 Long After (Short)
 2005 The War Within
 2002 Life Document 2: Identity (Short)
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 2002 Life Document 2: Identity (Short)
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 2002 Life Document 2: Identity (Short)
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 2001 The Mark of Cain (Documentary) (thank you - as Ayad Stehle-Akhtar)
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 2015-2017 Theater Talk (TV Series)
Himself - Guest
- "Junk" and "20th Century Blues" (2017) ... Himself - Guest
- Ayad Akhtar's "Disgraced" and "Brooklynite" (2015) ... Himself - Guest
 2016 The Pulitzer at 100 (Documentary)
Himself, Playwright
 2012 Tavis Smiley (TV Series)
- Episode dated 26 April 2012 (2012) ... Himself
 2006 2006 Independent Spirit Awards (TV Special)

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(October 14 to November 8, 2016) His play, "Disgraced," was performed in a Long Wharf Theatre production on Claire Town Stage in the C. Newton Schenk III Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut. Gordon Edelstein was director. Lee Savage was set designer. Ilona Somogyi was costume designer. Eric Southern was lighting designer. David ... See more »

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Ayad Stehle-Akhtar

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I can't be a spokesman for anything other than my own concerns. I have to be free to wrestle with my own preoccupations, and if I'm bringing any political awareness to that process, that mitigates my freedom. See more »


He was nominated at the 2005 Independent Spirit Awards for Best Screenplay for The War Within. See more »

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