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Biography

Warren Leight is a writer and showrunner who is currently helming Law & Order: Special Victims Unit during its historic 21st season. Previously, he developed new projects for Sony's television division and was showrunner and Executive Producer of the NBC drama, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit from 2011 - 2016 (Imagen, NAACP and PRISM Awards). He was also showrunner and Executive Producer of HBO's Peabody Award-winning In Treatment, the FX drama Lights Out, and the Edgar-winning Law and Order: Criminal Intent. He wrote and directed "The Night We Never Met," and co-wrote the documentary "Before the Nickelodeon" (New York Film Festival).

Warren's play "Side Man" won the 1999 Tony Award for Best Play, and was a 1999 Pulitzer Prize Finalist. Other plays include "No Foreigners Beyond This Point" (Drama Desk nomination), "Home Front", "Fame Takes a Holiday," "Glimmer, Glimmer and Shine" (ATCA nomination) and "The Loop." He wrote the book to the musical "Mayor" (Drama Desk nomination) and co-wrote the book to "Leap of Faith" (Tony Award nomination). Two collections of one-acts, "Dark, No Sugar," and "Stray Cats," have been published by DPS.

His many articles and humor pieces have appeared in dozens of periodicals including the International Herald Tribune, Rolling Stone, Village Voice, Mademoiselle, National Lampoon and BOMB magazine.

Warren is a former President of The Writer's Guild of America, East, and is a current member of the Dramatists' Guild council. He is an enthusiastic supporter of The 24 Hour Plays.

Warren is a graduate of Stanford University. He lives with his wife and daughters in New York City.