MICHAEL NIEDERMAN is a graduate of Columbia University’s MFA Playwriting Program where he studied under such luminaries as Eduardo Machado and Theresa Rebeck. He is the author of the plays Freshman Fifteen (NYC Actors Studio), The Riverside Symphony (Planet Connections Theater Festivity), The Kuptferberg Family Tragedy (New York Stage and Film), To Barcelona! (Ignited States), Chelsea, Alaska (Lion Theater), and his newest work, Untitled First Draft. His play Every Man won the 2007 Samuel French Short Play Festival. Michael is also an accomplished screenwriter. Most recently he Co-Directed the film uniform, which for the past year has played for dozens of film festivals across the world. His script for the film Billion Star Hotel was filmed in Cambodia. His script for the short film Proof of Birth won the Broadcast Educational Association Best Screenplay Award, and Faculty Selects at the Columbia University Film Festival. His feature-length screenplay, Saint Carlos of Gowanus also won Faculty Selects at Columbia University, was featured at the National Association of Independent Latino Producers Writer’s Lab, and has been a finalist for the Sundance Film Festival Writers Lab.