Stanford Friedman was born and raised in Springfield, Ohio. He has lived and worked in New York City since 1983 and has seen over 1000 plays on-, off- and way-off-Broadway in that time. He is a voting member of the Drama Desk.
With an MLS in Library Science from Rutgers and an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia, Stanford’s published works range from the technical to the abstract. He has written cover stories and reportage for Library Journal, obituaries for The Times of London, over 200 cookbook reviews for Publishers Weekly, and scores of TV, book and theater reviews for New York Press, Talkin Broadway, The Front Row Center and New York Theater Guide. His poetry has appeared in several national journals. His 2010 e-novel, God’s Gift to Women (Scott & Nix, Inc.) blends an historical account of the 1995 New York Marathon with a fictional runner’s personal history of lost lovers. His 2013 play, Hushed, was that year’s fall reading series pick by New York’s Wild Rumpus Productions. The play explores the macabre tales of five actual murders that occurred between the years 1897 and 1956. In each case, the victim was a librarian.
Prior to his current career, as the still alive Head Librarian for Conde Nast, he worked a variety of theatrical odd jobs ranging from clerk at the Drama Book Shop to a roving Renaissance Festival bloodletter to Special Effects Technician for the original Off-Broadway production of Little Shop of Horrors. You can follow him on Twitter @BroadwayCrit and Show-Score.