Aaron Posner

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Aaron Posner is an American playwright and theatre director. He was co-founder of the Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia. He has directed over 250 productions at major regional theatre companies across the country. He has won many awards including five Helen Hayes Awards, two Barrymore Awards, the Outer Circle Critics Award, The John Gassner Prize, a Bay Area Theatre Award, an Eliot Norton Award, and many more.

Born in Madison, Wisconsin, and raised in Eugene, Oregon,[1] Posner is married to actress Erin Weaver and has one daughter.

Among Posner's best known adaptions are The Chosen (1999), based on Chaim Potok's 1967 novel of the same name and My Name Is Asher Lev (2009), based on Potok's 1972 novel. His 2013 adaptation of Anton Chekhov's 1896 play The Seagull under the title of Stupid Fucking Bird was premiered in 2013 by the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., and has since been produced by theatre companies and universities all across the country. He has adapted Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" and "The Three Sisters" as well. The former is called "Life Sucks" and the later "No Sisters". His re-imagining of "The Merchant of Venice" is called "District Merchants".


  1. ^ Aaron Posner, American Players Theatre

External links

  • Aaron Posner on IMDb
  • "The Playwright's Playground: Playwright Aaron Posner Talks About Inspiration, Adaptations and That Stupid Fucking Bird by Sydney-Chanele Dawkins, DCMetro Theatre Arts, July 31, 2014
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