Larry Pontius

Man in purple tshirt
2005
M.F.A. Playwriting

Favorite Memory of T&D:

Meeting my future wife.

Influential Professors or Classes:

Daniel Alexander Jones for his gift of inspiration and passion for teaching, for his desire to expand conversation and dig deeper into something rather than use short hand words or phrases. For him making me feel like an artist.

Currently Living In:

Los Angeles, California

Profession:

Playwright, Screenwriter

Biography:

Larry Pontius is a playwright and screenwriter whose work has been seen around the world. His produced stage work includes an Off-Broadway production of Umbrella by Alchemy Theatre Company of Manhattan; Fallout by Working Man’s Clothes Productions and The Lunar Adventures of Dar and Matey by Stolen Chair Theater, followed up with Dar and Matey’s Christmas SpectaculARGH at the The Brick Theatre in Brooklyn, On The Night of Anthony’s 30th Birthday Party, Again at the Manhattan Theatre Source, On Sunday Morning, by Collaboraction in Chicago; and American Autobahnics at the Minnesota Fringe Festival. The Connection is Madeand Running Out of Time were both ACTF Regional Ten-Minute Play Finalists.

Pontius is one of the highest paid TV writers… in Pakistan.  He has written three serials, including Qaatil, Pakistan’s first tele-thriller, and most recently Neeyat, a 20 part drama set in New York City, as well as a number of episodes in the anthology series New York Stories. He and his wife Deepti Gupta, have recently started Hamari Films, a company dedicated to creating content for the web, with the first project a short film called Happy and You Know It.

Based in Los Angeles, he is also a member of The Playwrights Union as well as a contributor to the LA Stage Times.

He is the recipient of the Michener Fellowship from the University of Texas at Austin where he received an MFA in Playwriting.   He also studied at Dell’Arte, The International School of Physical Theater, and received the Nicholas Meyer Scholarship for Playwriting from the University of Iowa, where he received a B.A. with Honors.

Find him online at LPontius.com or @LarryPontius