Playwright

Projects

  • How to Succeed in the Courtroom and Beyond (Live CLE)
  • Speaking to Win (Live CLE)

Bio

Alan M. Berks is the author of nine full-length plays, six one-acts, and numerous short plays and monologues that have been seen in Minneapolis, Chicago, San Francisco, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Indianapolis, and New York. The solo show Goats, about the Palestinian/Israeli conflict and Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination, was produced by the Production Company in New York and nominated for a 2006 New York Innovative Theater Award.

The plays 3 Parts Dead, written in collaboration with Burning House Group, and Everywhere Signs Fall, at Gremlin Theatre, were both named in the Minneapolis Star Tribune “Year in Review” as some of the best theater of the year. Other awards include: Minnesota State Arts Board Grant (Ringtone), MacDowell Colony Fellow (They Want), and Jerome Fellow (Mourning Rituals). His one-act play for high school students, Home of the Brave, was commissioned by the Guthrie Theatre, published by Playscripts, Inc., and produced by schools from Minnesota and Iowa to Texas and California. Other work includes: How to Cheat, Fugue, Almost Exactly Like Us, and They Want (based on The Oresteia by Aeschylus). He co-created Thirst Theater, which produced more than 60 new short plays over three years, and is currently Editor of MinnesotaPlaylist.com.