Herbert Kohl is a celebrated writer, teacher, and advocate. He is the author of more than forty books, including the bestselling classic 36 Children. A recipient of a National Book Award and a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, he was the founder and first director of the Teachers and Writers Collaborative in New York City, has served as a Senior Fellow at the Open Society Institute, and established the PEN West Center in San Francisco.
In 2010, Mr. Kohl was named a Guggenheim Fellow in education. He lives in Point Arena, California. Tom Oppenheim is the artistic director of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. A lifelong New Yorker, he studied acting at the National Shakespeare Conservatory and, with his grandmother, Stella Adler. He has numerous theatre, film, and television credits, including the title role in Macbeth with the Harold Clurman Laboratory Theater company, where he has directed nine productions.
He is the recipient of the 2009 Laurette Taylor award from Theatre East. Grounded by a belief in the potential for theatre to influence society, he devotes much of his time to expanding the social outreach of the Stella Adler Studio.