Daniel Pearle is an American playwright and screenwriter. His plays have been produced and developed at Lincoln Center Theater, London’s Old Vic, The Vineyard Theatre, Ars Nova Theatre, INTAR, and at regional theaters around the country. His play A Kid Like Jake premiered in a sold-out run at LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater (NY Times Critic’s Pick). The play won the 2013 Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award and was also awarded the prestigious Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation’s Theatre Visions Grant. It was also presented at The Old Vic’s TS Eliot US/UK Exchange in London, 2012.
Daniel’s feature film adaptation of A Kid Like Jake premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. The film is directed by Silas Howard and stars Claire Danes, Jim Parsons, Octavia Spencer, Priyanka Chopra, Amy Landecker, and Ann Dowd. IFC Films acquired domestic rights for the film, which will open in theaters June 1, 2018. He is currently writing an original feature film for Warner Bros.
His other plays include Freefall (finalist, 2017 O’Neill Playwrights Conference), Remote Viewing (semi-finalist, 2015 O’Neill Playwrights Conference), The Prodigies (semi-finalist, 2013 O’Neill Playwrights Conference), and Plunder (winner, 2008 Loeb Drama Center’s Phyllis Anderson Prize). His short play The Truth About Christmas was a winner of the 2011 Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival and is published and licensed by Samuel French.
Daniel is a recipient of the 2018 Humanitas New Voices Grant for emerging writers in television. He is an alum of Ars Nova’s Play Group and a MacDowell Fellow. He was also the recipient of PFLAG’s (Parents of Lesbians and Gays) Leadership in Entertainment Award in 2013. He earned his BA from Harvard University and his MFA from The New School for Drama. He currently lives in Brooklyn.