Ethan Silverman is the author of the play JACK FROM ABOVE (Baryshnikov Arts Center 2008, Bay Street Theatre 2009, Kennedy Center, September, 2010) which he began at Yaddo (2008). Most recently, he and Pippin Parker co-created UNDER THE GREAT WIDE OPEN, a collaboration between The New School for Drama and Parsons The New School For Design. He is currently developing a narrative project based on THE BAUHAUS GROUP by Nicholas Fox Weber.
Ethan also adapted and directed Pete TownshendŐs THE BOY WHO HEARD MUSIC (New York Stage & Film, 2007). His work as a writer/director includes the short, CENTRAL PARK (Sundance Film Festival 1997, PBS 1998) and THE WAITING CHILDREN, a documentary short about Russian Orphans (Sundance 1998). His full-length documentaries include writing and directing AN UNCOMMON LOVE about The Teen Time Program at The Bedford Hills Correctional Facility and producing GIVING VOICE in Stromboli, Sicily.
Ethan has written screenplays for Barry Levinson, Vh1, Walt Disney Pictures and Gary Foster. He edited and wrote the introduction for BACKSTAGE, BROADWAY BEHIND THE CURTAIN (Harry N. Abrams). Journalism includes: Interview Magazine, The Evening Standard (UK), Paper Magazine, and Bomb.
Theater projects as director include: LARGO with Cyndi Lauper (New York Stage & Film) BILL GRAHAM PRESENTS with Ron Silver (Canon Theater in Los Angeles, Berkshire Theater Festival in Stockbridge, and HBO Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen where it won Best Play) and PARENTALLY INCORRECT (New York Theatre Workshop, Dartmouth College). Other theater projects in New York as director include: Pete TownshendŐs PSYCHODERELICT (Workshop), MERCHANT IVORY AMFAR BENEFIT (Carnegie Hall), GANGSTER APPAREL (Here Theater), INSTANT GIRL (Naked Angels, Here Theater), TUNNEL OF LOVE (Naked Angels, Ensemble Studio Theater), John KellyŐs LIGHT SHALL LIFT THEM (BAM/Majestic), OSIRIS (Guggenheim Works and Process), GROUP (MCC Theater), TEMPLE (A.J.T.), POSITIVE ME (La MaMa, Etc.). In Los Angeles: Edward AlbeeŐs THE AMERICAN DREAM (Mark Taper Forum), LeRoi JonesŐs DUTCHMAN (Mark Taper Forum), and Harold PinterŐs A KIND OF ALASKA and ONE FOR THE ROAD (Odyssey Theater).
Ethan attended Oberlin College and The Drama Studio, London.
Yaddo Residencies: 2008, 2010