Jack Rushen Playwright/Screenwriter
Jack is a two-time first place winner in the Julie Harris Playwriting Competition, for his plays IMAGE and TAMING THE LION. He has also won first place in the "Standing Ovation Awards," for his short play, TESTIMONIAL, and consequently published in THE BEST SHORT PLAYS OF 2019 by Smith & Kraus. TAMING THE LION was featured recently in development at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, and won a generous grant from the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation, along with first place in the 2019 Julie Harris Playwriting Competition. TAMING THE LION had its world premiere production at Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills on March 11, 2020, to rave reviews.
IMAGE was produced at the Broadway Bound Theatre Festival, and before that, mentored in development at top theatres across the country, including Emerging Artists in New York City, Theatre 40 in Los Angeles, Wordsmyth in Houston, Artemesia in Chicago, Centre Stage in South Carolina, Penguin Rep in Westchester, and the Theatre Artists Workshop in Norwalk, CT. IMAGE won first place in the 2014 Julie Harris Playwriting Competition.
Jack has written 5 full-length plays, over 30 one-acts, 2 screenplays, and several television pilots.
Jack began his career as an actor, working in clubs, stage, television, and film. He began his professional acting career in Michael Moriarty's production of RICHARD III, which he performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He also appeared in several regional theatre productions, including THE ADMIRABLE CRICHTON, ETHAN FROME and THE DOCTORS DILEMMA at New Haven’s esteemed Long Wharf, and was also seen at the Hartford Stage in ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, under the direction of Mark Lamos.