Raised in Brooklyn, Tom Lysaght graduated from Harvard University and has written some 30 plays in both English and Spanish — published by Samuel French, and produced from villages in the Andes to Off-Broadway (Nobody Don't Like Yogi, starring Emmy Award-winning actor Ben Gazzara as Yogi Berra, toured nationally and was inducted into the permanent collection of the Billy Rose Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Center). Lysaght was founding director and resident playwright of El Teatro de Pan y Paz in rural Peru, where he wrote “circus drama” plays about economic and health challenges — utilizing masks, stilts, and 15-foot high puppets — for open-air performances. As manager of Radio Bahá’í of Lake Titicaca, he developed radio scripts that complemented these live performances. After the tsunami of 2004, he made three trips to the villages of southern India to help launch similar community development theater. He has also made seven trips to South Africa.
Lysaght’s non-fiction has been anthologized and published by George Ronald, Ltd. and Kalimat Press. His historical novel about a Jewish dancing boy in 1848 Persia, Letter to the Living, is forthcoming. A chapter from his memoir, Till Your Father Gets Home, can be read on his web site.
He has received writing fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, the Edward Albee Foundation, Scotland’s Hawthornden Castle, the Israeli Center for the Arts, the Millay Colony, Waves of Three Seas in Rhodes, Omi International, Byrdcliffe, and the Montalvo Center. He holds an M.F.A. in fiction and playwriting from the University of Montana.