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David Mamet

David Mamet
David Mamet was born in Chicago in 1947. He studied at Goddard College, Vermont - later becoming Artist in Residence - and at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre in New York. His first and many subsequent plays were first performed by the St Nicholas Theatre company, Chicago, of which he was a founding member and Artistic Director. In 1978 he became Associate Artistic Director of the Goodman Theatre, Chicago, where American Buffalo had first been staged in 1975, subsequently winning an Obie Award and opening on Broadway in 1977 and at the National Theatre in 1978. His biggest successes, Glengarry Glen Ross and Oleanna followed in 1983 and 1993 respectively. He is also a screenwriter, having gained Academy Award nominations for The Verdict (1982) and Wag the Dog (1997)