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Barry Kornhauser

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Barry Kornhauser’s theatre honors include the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America’s Orlin Corey Medallion, the American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE) Charlotte Chorpenning Cup, Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Play (Cyrano), Ivey Playwriting Award (Reeling), Bonderman Playwriting Prize (Worlds Apart), and three AATE Distinguished Play Awards (- This Is Not A Pipe Dream, Balloonacy, and now Corduroy). His youth theatre program for teens living with disabilities and other life challenges was honored at the White House as one of the nation’s top arts-education initiatives. Closer to home, Barry was named Artist of the Year at the 2017 Pennsylvania Governor’s Awards. Barry’s plays have been commissioned and produced by such Tony Award-winning stages as the Children’s Theatre Company, La Jolla Playhouse, Alliance Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company, and the Shakespeare Theatre, as well as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Other venues include Childsplay, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Dallas Children’s Theatre, Discovery Theatre at the Smithsonian, Emerald City, Honolulu Theatre for Youth, the Rose, and Seattle Children’s Theatre; festivals from New York to California - including New Visions/New Voices (Power Play); and internationally as far afield as Australia and Myanmar. Over the years, Barry has conducted theatre residencies everywhere from a one-room Amish schoolhouse to universities across the county. He has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, TYA/USA, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, MetLife Foundation, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour. Currently, Barry works for the Millersville University Office of Visual & Performing Arts. Prior to this, he served over 30 years as Playwright-In-Residence, TYA Director, and sundry other positions at the National Historic Landmark Fulton Theatre.  For an annotated listing of Barry’s 30 + plays and/or a full bio, please e-mail

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