Judith Estrine



Iím a playwright and author.

As a playwright I've had the pleasure of seeing my work performed in New York and throughout the U.S. and to have been a finalist in the Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. My award-winning short play, She & He, became a short film starring Anita Gillette and directed by Greg Borbeau, with screenings at film festivals nationally.

In 2012, believing that talent has no expiration date, director Benno Haenel and I became founding artistic directors of The Prism Stage Company, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit company. Our mission is to provide a venue for professional playwrights, actors and directors past 40 to continue growing in their art and serve a multigenerational community. Our aim is to engage audiences in works that explore what it means to be alive now, in a world that is so full of contradictions and at the same time so full of promise.

Since 2015 Prism Stage Company has produced nineteen staged readings, including my own plays, Inheritance , Pinochle and Roses and, in the upcoming season, Ghost Mommy . We are recipients of grants from ART/​NY and the Puffin Foundation. Having survived the trials and joys of three seasons, all of us - actors, directors and playwrights - are hard at work on developing the program for 2018, when we hope to produce our first full length play, an anti-war drama entitled The Prisoners of Quai Dong by Harold Willis.

Many of the actors and directors at Prism are members of the Actors Studio. I am in awe of their talent, their work ethic, and their ability to push the envelope when it comes to creating characters that defy easy definition. Thanks to them I continue to learn and grow, both as a writer and as a person.

I am a proud member of the Authors Guild, ART/​NY, Lower East Side Cultural Council and the Dramatists Guild, and I live in New York City.


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The extraordinary experiences of one boy raised in five Catholic orphanages in postwar New York.
A practical guide for baby boomers that addresses major challenges.

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