Gordon Farrell

Gordon Farrell, Artistic Director

Gordon Farrell’s play, “The Lifespan Of A Fact,” starring Daniel Radcliffe, Cherry Jones, and Bobby Canavale, ran on Broadway from September 20th, 2018 to January 13, 2019. It was co-written with Jeremy Karegen & David Murrell, directed by Leigh Silverman, and produced by eight-time Tony Award winner Jeffrey Richards. . The play was a finalist for the New York Critics Circle Best New Play, and the New York Critics Circle Best New American Play, and received the John Gassner Award for New American Play from the Outer Critics Circle It was selected for the New York Times and the Boston Globe’s Critics List and Variety’s Ten Best Plays of 2018.

Trained as a playwright at the Yale School of Drama, Gordon received an MFA in 1986. His playwriting includes “With More Than Voices” (produced off-off Broadway), “Mendocino” (produced at the Yale School of Drama with Courtney B. Vance), “Navigators,” (directed by Arthur Sherman at Primary Stages), “Alice Again,” “A Tin Star Over Tombstone,” and “The Voice of America” (produced at the Alleyway Theater). 

From 2009 to 2013, Gordon worked with dozens of women on New York’s Lower East Side who wanted to tell their personal stories on stage. The series of monologue plays that grew out of it was called “In The Red Room/Every Woman Dances For Someone.” In 2019, it was transformed into a fully-realized, immersive theater experience, “Girls Who Walked On Glass,” that ran for four weeks in Buffalo, New York, with sold out houses and rave reviews. He also wrote the book for a series of award-winning musicals based on the life and death of Sherlock Holmes. Gordon is the author of “The Power of the Playwright’s Vision”, published by Heinemann Press in 2001. Translated internationally, it is now used as a standard playwriting text on three continents.

Gordon has written for hire and sold screenplays to Universal Pictures, Warner Brothers, MGM and ITC. He worked with Robert Simonds (producer of “The Wedding Singer”, “Molly’s Game”, “Mile 22”); Neil Moritz (producer of “XXX”, “I Know What You Did Last Summer”, “Fast and Furious”) and Bruce Berman (producer of “The Matrix”, “Three Kings”, “Mad Max: Fury Road”).Working in independent film, he wrote for and sold projects to NYC indie producer Norman Twain (producer, “Lean On Me”, “Boycott”, “My Dog Tulip”). Gordon’s first independent screenplay, “Girls Who Smoke,” premiered in 2011. It went on to be an official selection at over a dozen film festivals, ultimately winning the Audience Choice Award in Seattle at the Post Alley Film Festival.

Teaching in NYU’s Dramatic Writing Department for over 25 years, Gordon’s students include many Tony, Pulitzer and Obie Award-winning playwrights, as well award-winning television and film writers. Among them are Annie Baker, Lucas Hnath, Christopher Shinn, Marco Rameriz, Madeleine George, Chisa Hutchinson, Anthony Jaswinski, Yahlin Chang, Jessica Goldberg, Stephanie Sengupta and Colin Trevorrow.



Telephone: 646 283 4027
Email: gordon.farrell.dra.86@aya.yale.edu