It is with great sadness that we report that our fellow Council member Dan Berkowitz passed away on December 9, 2019.
During his tenure on Council, Dan was a committed, inventive and enthusiastic member of our community. We are deeply grateful for his service to the Guild. Our condolences go out to his friends and family. A memorial for Dan will be held on January 18, 2020 at 1pm. The location is Arena Stage 1625 N. Las Palmas Ave. 90028.
Dan Berkowitz was a member of the Council of the Dramatists Guild of America, the professional association of playwrights, composers, and lyricists. He previously served as the Guild's West Coast Member Liaison, and its first Los Angeles Regional Rep.
He also served as Co-Chair of The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, the support and service organization for playwrights in Southern California.
Dan's writing for the stage has been produced off-Broadway, in major regional theatres, and in college and amateur theatres in more than 40 of the United States, and in Canada.
His produced work for the stage includes A… My Name Is Still Alice (co-author), a musical revue which began at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, moved to Second Stage in New York, and has since been produced at major regional theatres, as well as community and college theatres around the United States and Canada; Miami Beach Monsters (co-author), a musical which ran for four months at New York’s Triad Theatre; There’s No Place Like Hollywood (co-author), nominated for the Theatre LA Ovation Award for Best Musical; and many others.
Among his dozens of short plays, When Oprah Says Goodbye was a finalist for the 2011 Heideman Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville, and A Lovely Little Life was a finalist for The Seven: Worlds Collide at Fusion Theatre in Albuquerque; both have since been produced around the country. His most recent short play, Still Waiting for the Streetcar, a parody "sequel" to A Streetcar Named Desire set fifty years after the original, was recently performed in Hollywood with Edward Asner as Stanley Kowalski and Renee Taylor as Stella.
Beyond the stage, Dan spent a year as Senior Story Analyst for RHI Entertainment, a division of Hallmark, headed by Robert Halmi, Sr., producer of Lonesome Dove, Scarlett, The Odyssey, and Tin Man, among many other films. Before that, as principal scriptwriter for The Movie Channel’s hosted format, Dan put words in the mouths of on-air hosts Robert Osborne and Michele Russell, as well as dozens of guest hosts including James Earl Jones, Christopher Reeve, RUN-DMC, Joan Fontaine, and Little Richard. Dan is the author of a number of optioned or commissioned screenplays and teleplays.
In addition to writing, Dan has produced and/or directed scores of plays, musicals, and cabaret revues, as well as several seasons of syndicated television programming (The David Susskind Show, winner of 20 Emmy Awards), and a raft of commercials and industrial and educational videos. He has gained a reputation on both coasts, not only for his artistic vision, but also for his organizational skills and budgetary prowess. He is a graduate of Princeton University, and did graduate work in theatre at the University of California, Berkeley.