Artist Bio

Adam Rapp

(Bio as of October 2019)

Adam Rapp (Book) is an award-winning playwright and director. He is the author of numerous plays, including NocturneFasterAnimals & PlantsFiner Noble GasesStone Cold Dead SeriousBlackbird, GompersEssential Self-DefenseAmerican SligoBingo with the Indians, KindnessThe Metal ChildrenThe Hallway TrilogyThe Edge of Our BodiesDreams of Flying Dreams of FallingWolf in the RiverThe Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois and Red Light Winter (Jeff Award for Best New WorkOBIE; Pulitzer Prize Finalist). His most recent play, The Sound Inside, received its world premiere at the 2018 Williamstown Theatre Festival and was named one of The New York Times best plays of 2018.

Directing credits include the world premiere of Karen O’s opera Stop of the Virgens (The Creators Project, St. Ann’s Warehouse; The Vivid Live Festival); True West (Actors Theatre of Louisville, 2012 Best Moment in Culture), and Finer Noble Gases (Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Fringe First Award, The List‘s Best Newcomer Prize). Rapp is the author of eleven novels, including Under the Wolf, Under the Dog (LA Times Book Prize, Schneider Family Book Award), Punkzilla (Printz Honor Book) and 33 Snowfish (Booklist 50 Best Young Adult Novels of All Time). Film credits include Winter PassingBlackbird and Loitering With Intent. Television credits include The L WordIn TreatmentFlesh & BoneVinyl and The Looming Tower.

His playwriting honors include Boston’s Elliot Norton AwardThe Helen Merrill PrizeThe 2006 Princess Grace Statue, a Lucille Lortel Playwright’s FellowshipThe Benjamin H. Danks Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation Award.