Isaiah Sheffer is a founder and artistic director of Symphony Space in New York City, where his duties include directing the hit literary series Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story. Each June 16th he also directs Symphony Space's annual James Joyce extravaganza, Bloomsday on Broadway.
His writing efforts for screen and stage include Clair de Lune by the Pale Moonlight, a tapestry of his new translations of French romantic poets and songs of Gabriel Fauré; a PBS documentary on music in the 12th century; the book and lyrics to the off-Broadway musical The Rise of David Levinsky; the screenplay of the short feature film Pair of Jokers, starring Jerry Stiller; and the book and lyrics of the off- Broadway musical Yiddle with a Fiddle, adapted from the classic 1936 film. He has written the plays Dreamers and Demons, about Isaac Bashevis Singer's life and work; A Broadcast Baby; and an English version of Sholom Aleichem's Hard to Be a Jew. He has written the libretto for A More Perfect Union, an opera-ballet about the 1787 Constitutional Convention that gave us the Electoral College, and so many other wonders.