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Jonathan Dorf has had over 1000 productions of his plays in every US state, as well as in Canada, Central America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Best known for his writing for young people, among his many titles are After Math, Thank You for Flushing My Head in the Toilet and other rarely used expressions, High School (non) Musical, Rumors of Polar Bears, Tiny Tim Runs the Marathon, Dear Chuck, and, of course, the musical version of 4 A.M. He has been a finalist for the Actors Theatre of Louisville Heideman Award, and he has worked with such companies as the Walnut Street Theatre, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, Ensemble Studio Theatre - LA, Moving Arts and the Pittsburgh New Works Festival. Twenty-five of his plays are published by such companies as Playscripts, Brooklyn Publishers, Heuer and Original Works, with monologues in collections published by Meriwether, Playscripts and Smith & Kraus.

He co-founded YouthPLAYS, the publisher of plays and musicals for young actors and audiences, and has been instrumental in the development of ProduceaPlay.com, the internet's top resource site for prospective producers of theatre at all levels - schools, colleges, community and professional theatres.

He is the resident playwriting expert for Final Draft (for whom he created the playwriting "Ask the Expert") and The Writers Store (creator of the popular playwriting website Playwriting101.com and playwriting instructor at Writers University), the co-chair of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights and the former managing director of the Philadelphia Dramatists Center. He is also a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and is the author of Young Playwrights 101, a book for young playwrights and those who teach them, and conducts workshops at schools and festivals across the US and as far away as Singapore. He has served as Visiting Associate Professor of Theatre in the M.F.A. playwriting program at Hollins University and as United States Cultural Envoy to Barbados. He holds a B.A. in Dramatic Writing and Literature from Harvard University and an M.F.A. in Playwriting from UCLA.