Dan Kitrosser is a playwright, screenwriter, storyteller and teacher currently living in New York City. His plays have been seen at The Daryl Roth Theater, PS 122, Urban Stages, The Bleecker Street Theatre, The Ohio Theatre, Bryant Park as well the New York International Fringe Festival and the New Orleans Fringe Festival, with work developed at Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab, The Vineyard Theatre, Rabbit Hole Ensemble, Primary Stages, The Lark Playwrights Development Center and The New School for Drama.
His play TAR BABY (co-written with comedian Desiree Burch) opened off-Broadway at the DR2 Theater in January of 2013, which the New Yorker magazine hailed as “Smart, original, refreshing and maybe even necessary.” The play will go on to a national tour in February of 2014.
Dan has been awarded a Brooklyn Council of the Arts Community grant three years in a row (2011, 2012, 2013) for his childrens’ musicals THE LEGEND OF ICHABOD CRANE, DON’T LOOK BACK (Orpheus and Eurydice and other Greek Myths) and WHERE YOU COME FROM (Creation Myths from Around the World), all of which have played at Homeless Shelters, Schools and Community Centers in Brooklyn, produced by Rabbit Hole Ensemble. His play THE MUMBLINGS, which recently played a sold out run at the New York Fringe is published by Indie Theatre Now, and his play DEAD SPECIAL CRABS will receive its off-Broadway premiere in the fall of 2014 from Wide Eyed Productions.
As a screenwriter, Dan recently co-wrote the screen adaption of Justin Torres’ national bestselling novel WE THE ANIMALS with Emmy Nominated Director Jeremiah Zagar, which will be produced by The Public Record and shot in the summer of 2015. The screenplay will be further developed at the 2014 Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab. His other screenplays include OLD DAYS (Winner - Big Apple Film Festival, Best Film) and BODYBUILDER ISLAND (Published - Tisch Film Review Vol. 1).
Dan has been a creative writer teacher for the past eight years at WRITOPIA LAB, a non-profit creative workshop for teens, and in 2013 awarded a Gold Medal for Outstanding Educator by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. At Writopia, Dan founded the Worldwide Plays Festival, which now produces over a hundred plays a year written by playwrights ages 6-18. He served as Artistic Director from 2009-2012 and continues to work with the festival with emeritus status as it continues on to its fifth year.