Taped at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, 'The Creative Spirit' is based on a series of interviews by host, John Lahr, Senior Theater Critic for The New Yorker magazine. The premise of the show is to find the cross points -  where the lives and work of the guest artists and writers meet. In the pilot episode, famed children's book writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak vividly describes his childhood, and its profound impact on his life and his work. Mr. Sendak's award-winning books have been read by generations of children, and are celebrated throughout the world as his remarkable imagination and storytelling prove to carry a iniversal understanding of life through the eyes of a child. The TV series was created by Jane Lahr.

John Lahr
John Lahr has been senior drama critic for The New Yorker since October, 1992. Under Lahr’s direction, The New Yorker’s drama coverage has been expanded to include discussion of all aspects of the theatre, from the behind-the-scenes process to the final product, from reviews to profiles, and from the international stage to national productions on Broadway and in regional and repertory companies.

A veteran of all aspects of the theatre, Lahr is the son of the actor Bert Lahr, whom he immortalized in his best-selling biography, “Notes on a Cowardly Lion.”

A former theatre critic at The Nation, The Village Voice, and British Vogue, among other publications, Lahr has published seventeen books on the theatre, and two novels, “The Autograph Hand” and “Hot to Trot.” His book “Dame Edna Everage and the Rise of Western Civilization” won the 1992 Roger Machell Prize for the best book on the performing arts. While at the magazine, Lahr has published a volume of criticism, “Light Fantastic: Adventures in Theatre” (1996) and “Show and Tell: New Yorker Profiles.” In 2001 he edited “The Diaries of Kenneth Tynan.” His expanded New Yorker article on Frank Sinatra has been made into a book with pictures, “Frank Sinatra: The Artist and the Man.”

Lahr served as literary advisor to the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis in 1968, and from 1969 to 1971, as advisor to the Vivian Beaumont Theatre. He was co-producer of the 1987 film "Prick Up Your Ears,” based on his Joe Orton biography of the same name. The Orton biography, along with Lahr's edited version of “The Orton Diaries,” were also best-sellers. Lahr has also written numerous movie scripts. His short film “Sticky My Fingers, Fleet My Feet” (directed by John Hancock) was nominated for an Academy Award in 1971.

Lahr is a two-time winner of the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism. He was honored in 1994, and in 1969, he became the prize’s youngest recipient. Lahr has written numerous stage adaptations which have been performed in England and the United States including: “Accidental Death of an Anarchist,” “The Manchurian Candidate,” “The Bluebird of Unhappiness: A Woody Allen Revue,” and “Diary of a Somebody,” which began at the Royal National Theatre, played the West End, and later toured England. He co-created, with Elaine Strich, the Tony Award winning, “Elaine Stritch at Liberty” for which they also won the 2002 Drama Desk Award for outstanding book to a musical.

John Lahr received his B.A. from Yale University and his Master's degree from Worcester College, Oxford University. He divides his time between New York and London.

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Host: John Lahr

Created by: Jane Lahr

Executive Producers:
George Lovelock, Christopher Santry

Produced and Directed by: Mimi Tompkins

Edited by: Joe Cultrera

Technical Director: Ramin Fathie

Cameras: Ton Vriens, Ronny Zvi, Jeff Hodges, Ramin Fathie

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