ARTIST AS CEO
RALPH SEVUSH, Esq., is an entertainment attorney who has been with The Dramatists Guild of America since 1997. As the Guild’s Executive Director of Business Affairs & General Counsel, in addition to administering the organization and advising its 7000+ members, he has co-authored amicus briefs and given expert testimony in cases affecting playwrights; written articles about theater, copyright and free speech for The Dramatist magazine, lectured and moderated seminars for writers, students and academics around the country, and spoken before the Library of Congress. He also co-founded The Dramatists Legal Defense Fund in 2012, to protect copyright and free expression in the theater. Before coming to the Guild, he worked on numerous Broadway and off-Broadway productions, including BIG, the Musical, Fool Moon, God Said `HA!', Blown Sideways Through Life and Philemon. Earlier in his career, he worked for Sony Pictures, Cinema 5 films, and New Line Cinema in motion picture marketing, distribution, and finance. As a writer, in addition to his many essays published by The Dramatist magazine over the past 20 years, his play Little One, Goodbye was presented by the Tada! Theater, the Enchanted Players of NJ, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and the Innovative Stages Company; and his short fiction has been collected in a new book, Spira Mirabilis: Fantastic Tales from the Marvelous Spiral, to be published by taQ’Lut Press in December 2016. He is an alumnus of Stony Brook University and the Cardozo School of Law, and was a member of the BMI/Lehman Engel Librettists Workshop.