Herman D. Farrell III

Associate Professor of Theatre

Herman Daniel Farrell III is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter whose work has premiered on HBO and BET, Off Broadway at The Flea, Bleecker Street Theatre, HERE and Theater for the New City and in Los Angeles at The Skylight Theatre. Farrell's plays have been workshopped and developed at Manhattan Theatre Club, Primary Stages, Lincoln Center Theater Director's Lab, Working Theatre, Crossroads Theatre Company, American Slavery Project, the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center National Playwrights Conference and New Dramatists. Farrell's work has been featured and/or critically-acclaimed by The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, The Villager, Variety, Playbiill, BackStage, Entertainment Weekly and People Magazine.

Awards and Nominations include: Peabody Award and NAACP Image Award (Best TV Miniseries) and American Film Institute (AFI) Nomination for TV Movie of the Year and Humanitas Prize Nomination for HBO Films Boycott (co-writer) featuring Jeffrey Wright as Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and Terrence Howard as Reverend Ralph Abernathy; Excellence in Playwriting Award for Portrait of a President at the 2002 New York International Fringe Festival; 2002 Joe Calloway Award for distinguished service as Member Playwright of New Dramatists (1995-2002); 1995 (1st) Eric Kocher Award for There and 1994 Brodkin Scholarship Award for Bedfellows at The National Playwrights Conference at The O'Neill. Farrell’s work has been recognized and honored by several national arts institutions: New Dramatists Member Playwright 1995-2002; 2 time NEA Grant Recipient: To Mandela at The Working Theater 1998 and There at Primary Stages 1996; MacDowell Colony Fellow 1996; 3 time National Playwrights Conference Fellow; 3 productions in the New York International Fringe Festival.

Farrell received a B.A. cum laude in Drama from Vassar College in 1983, a J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1989 and an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Columbia University in 1994. He is an Associate Professor of Playwriting at the University of Kentucky and the former Kentucky Regional Representative to the Dramatists Guild of America. Herman, a native of Washington-Heights in Manhattan, lives in Midway, Kentucky with his wife Nancy and their child, MJ.

Farrell recently completed new plays: Cousins Table, a family drama, and universitas, a behind the scenes look into university politics that was presented in a reading at New Dramatists last fall, directed by Amy Saltz and featuring James McDaniel and Kevin Geer. He also completed a short commissioned work for the American Slavery Project called Assento as part of the Writing Collaborative of Unheard Voices, a theatrical response to the African Burial Ground in lower Manhattan.

Last spring, Farrell produced and directed the touring production of Voices of Student Veterans, a documentary drama about college students who served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And last summer, Farrell attended the 2nd Dramatists Guild National Conference in Chicago where he moderated conversations with Theresa Rebeck on her book Free Fire Zone and the Keynote Speaker George C. Wolfe. Farrell also participated in the panel discussion: Playwrights Who Teach. Farrell's essay “The Ancient Mariner and O’Neill’s Intertextual Epiphany” was published in 2012 by McFarland Publishing in a book of essays: Intertextuality in American Drama: Critical Essays on Eugene O'Neill, Susan Glaspell, Thornton Wilder and Arthur Miller and Other Playwrights, edited by Brenda Murphy and Drew Eisenhauer.