Aaron Sorkin

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    Aaron Sorkin: Biography at a Glance

    • Aaron Sorkin is the renowned writer and playwright best known for works including A Few Good Men, The Newsroom, The Social Network, Moneyball, Steve Jobs, Molly's Game, and The West Wing.
    • Sorkin also wrote and directed The Trial of the Chicago 7, which was nominated for 6 Academy Awards, and Sorkin himself won a Golden Globe for Best Screenplay.
    • Created and produced the NBC series The West Wing, which won a total of 26 Emmy Awards, including the prize for “Outstanding Drama Series” four consecutive times.
    • His Broadway adaptation of the classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird has been nominated for nine Tony awards.
    • Won the Academy Award, Golden Globe, Critics Choice, and BAFTA Award for “Best Adapted Screenplay” for The Social Network - which appeared on over 350 critics’ lists of the top ten films of 2010.
    • Won the Critics Choice Award and New York Film Critics Award for “Best Adapted Screenplay” for Moneyball, also earning four Academy Award nominations including “Best Picture” and “Best Adapted Screenplay.”
    • Made his Broadway debut at the age of 28 with A Few Good Men, for which the film adaptation was nominated for 4 Academy Awards, including “Best Picture,” and 5 Golden Globes, including “Best Screenplay.”



    Academy Award-winning writer, director, and renowned playwright Aaron Sorkin graduated from Syracuse University with a B.F.A. in Theatre.

    He made his Broadway playwriting debut at the age of 28 with the military courtroom drama A Few Good Men, for which he received the John Gassner Award as Outstanding New American Playwright. The following year saw the debut of his off-Broadway play Making Movies, and in 2007, he returned to Broadway with The Farnsworth Invention, directed by Des McAnuff.

    Sorkin made the jump to feature films with his 1993 adaptation of his own play A Few Good Men. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture. He followed this success with the screenplays for Malice, starring Alec Baldwin and Nicole Kidman, The American President, starring Michael Douglas and Annette Bening, and Charlie Wilson’s War, starring Tom Hanks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Julia Roberts.

     In 2011, Sorkin won the Academy Award, Critics’ Choice Award, British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award, and Writers Guild Award in the Best Adapted Screenplay category as well as the USC Scripter Award for The Social Network.

    The following year, Sorkin adapted, alongside Steve Zaillian with story by Stan Chervin, Moneyball for the big screen. The film won Sorkin the Critics’ Choice Award and New York Film Critics’ Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, and went on to receive four Academy Award nominations including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. In 2015, Sorkin wrote the feature film Steve Jobs based on the Walter Isaacson biography of the late Apple co-founder. His adaptation garnered him nominations for a Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (BFCA) Critics’ Choice Award, Writers Guild Award, and multiple regional critics’ association awards.

    Sorkin made his directorial debut in 2017 with Molly’s Game, which he also wrote based on the personal memoir by Molly Bloom. It made its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival to rave reviews and garnered Sorkin Best Screenplay nominations for an Academy Award, Writers Guild Award, and BAFTA Award.

    In 2020, Sorkin premiered his feature drama The Trial of the Chicago 7, which he wrote and directed for Netflix. The picture features an all-star ensemble cast and garnered Sorkin six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay as well as three British Academy Film Award nominations, including Best Film and Best Original Screenplay.

    The following year, Sorkin wrote and directed Being the Ricardos, a biographical film about Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s relationship starring Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem as Ball and Arnaz, respectively. The film received three Academy Award nominations and two British Academy Film Award (BAFTA) nominations, including Best Original Screenplay.

     For television, Sorkin created and produced NBC’s renowned series “The West Wing,” which earned nine Emmy nominations in its first season. The series went on to win a total of 26 Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series for four consecutive years from 2000-2003. For his work on the series, Sorkin twice received the Peabody Award and Humanitas Prize, as well as three Television Critics Association Awards and Producers Guild Awards, and a Writers Guild Award. He also produced and wrote the television series “Sports Night” for ABC, which garnered eight Emmy nominations and won the Humanitas Prize and the Television Critics Association Award. Additionally, Sorkin created the series “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” which took place behind-the-scenes of a live sketch-comedy show and received five Emmy nominations in 2007.

    In 2012, Sorkin made his return to television with the HBO drama “The Newsroom,” bringing in an average of 7 million viewers per episode. The show won a Critics Choice Television Award for Most Exciting New Series and has been nominated for numerous awards, including five Primetime Emmy Awards, a Writers Guild Award, and Directors Guild Award. The third and final season aired on HBO in 2014, closing the series on a ratings season high.

     In 2018, Sorkin premiered his Broadway stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s iconic American novel To Kill a Mockingbird. The production currently holds the title of the highest-grossing American play in Broadway history.

    Next up is Sorkin’s Broadway adaptation of the classic Lerner & Loewe musical CamelotFeaturing a book by Sorkin, based on the original book by Alan Jay Lerner, Camelot will reteam Sorkin with Mockingbird director Bartlett Sher. 

    Aaron was absolutely wonderful - gracious, dynamic and so engaged. Audience members couldn't get enough.

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