Vladimir Zelevinsky studied nuclear physics at MIT, which he naturally followed by working as an art critic for The Boston Globe and four years as a playwright-in-residence at Theatre Cooperative (Somerville, MA), where his full-length plays included What Time Is It? (2004) and Manifest Destiny (2006). His plays were produced in Boston, New York City, all over the USA, in Canada, Ireland, and UK. Vladimir is a two-time finalist for the Heideman Award (Theme and Variations and Silence). He was awarded the 2012 Turner Cassity prize for the Best Short Play in Verse (The Terrible Tragedie of the Poet and the Tyrant) and the 2013 grant for Dramatic Writing from Massachusetts Cultural Council. His most recent full-length plays premiered in Manhattan: A Room in the Middle was produced at Metropolitan Playhouse in 2013, while A Brief History of the Soviet Union was staged by The Hive in 2014.