William M. Hoffman

Personal Information
William M. Hoffman is the author of the Broadway playAs Is, which Lucille Lortel co-produced in 1985. It earned him a Drama Desk Award, an Obie, as well as a Tony Award® nomination for best play, and was one of Time magazine's best plays of the year. He also wrote the libretto to The Ghosts of Versailles (music by John Corigliano), which premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in 1991, and was brought back in 1995. Hoffman is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, three National Endowment Awards, ASCAP and Fund for New American Plays awards, two grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Erwin Piscator Award. In 1992 his television work brought him an Emmy nomination and received a Writers Guild award. He is co-founder and co-chair of Prima le Parole, the international librettists organization. Hoffman is co-director of the Department of Dramatic Writing at Purchase College, SUNY, and has written critically for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Village Voice, and Vogue. In December of 2001 he premiered The Cows of Apollo, or The Invention of Music, a masque, with composer Christopher Theofanidis, under a commission from the Brooklyn Philharmonic. He is currently completing Morning Star, with Ricky Ian Gordon, for the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Hoffman is also working on a new opera with John Corigliano and a new play Riga.
Playwrights' Sidewalk: William M. Hoffman has a star on the Playwrights' Sidewalk.

Production Theatre Opened Credit
1 As Is Circle Repertory Theatre 04/26/1987 Playwright
2 As Is Circle Repertory Theatre 03/10/1985 Playwright
3 6 From La Mama (First Program) Martinique Theatre 04/11/1966 Playwright
Award Production Function
1 WON 1985 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Play As Is Playwright
2 WON 1985 Obie Award, Playwriting As Is Playwright