Lyle Kessler is the author of the internationally acclaimed “Orphans” which recently received two Tony nominations for the Broadway revival starring Alec Baldwin. He is the Director of the New York Actors Studio Playwright/Directors Unit. He is an actor, playwright, director member of the Labyrinth Theater Company. Mr. Kessler also served as Artistic Director of the Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab. He has participated in the Sundance Screenwriters Conference in Hungary, working with writers from all over Eastern Europe. Mr. Kessler was awarded a Rockefeller Foundation playwriting grant and won the New York State council on the Arts playwriting award. Albert Finney won the Olivier Award in London’s West End production of “Orphans.” Lyle and his wife, actress Margaret Ladd, are founders of the Imagination Workshop, located presently at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute. Using a unique Artistic Methodology, actors, writers and directors work with hospitalized psychiatric patients, veterans and “at risk” students in N.Y. and L.A. Mr. Kessler’s plays have been published by Random House, Grove Press, Samuel French and Dramatists Play Service.