Charles Gershman is a Midwest-raised queer playwright/screenwriter and a 2018-2019 Dramatists Guild Foundation Playwriting Fellow. His award-winning play The Waiting Game premiered at 59E59 Theaters in February 2019. Other plays include IvankaPlay (Horse Trade, March 2019), Free & Proud (London’s Theatre503, Assembly Festival / Edinburgh Fringe, ‘One of 10 queer shows to see in town’ – London Evening Standard), and Harbor on Six (Bay Area Playwrights Festival semifinalist). They have been produced and developed by The Lark Play Development Center, PlayPenn, the Kennedy Center, LaMaMa ETC, NYU-Tisch School of the Arts, and The Barrow Group, among others. Through the DGF Fellows Program, he is developing a play called Stopover, about a family and their foster teen, with mentorship from Diana Son. Free & Proud was published by Oberon Books in July. He has been a teaching artist at The New School’s Eugene Lang College and at Davidson College. He earned an MFA in dramatic writing in 2018 at NYU-Tisch, where he received the Chair’s Award for Excellence, and a BA in history at Columbia University. Before grad school, he was a science writer.