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Elliot Tiber


Elliot Tiber has been a professional creative writer for over 35 years. He has written and produced award-winning plays, scripts, and musical comedies for theater, television, and films around the world.

Mr. Tiber was dramaturge for the National Theater of Belgium. As a professor of comedy writing and performance, he has taught at The New School and Hunter College (CUNY) in New York City; he had previously earned a B.F.A. from the latter.

His first novel, Rue Haute, was an instant bestseller in Europe and was published in the U.S. as an Avon Paperback under its English translation, High Street. The novel was made into a 1976 French-language feature film. Adapted and directed by Andre Ernotte, it won the top prize at the New Orleans Film Festival. Mr. Tiber appeared in Rue Haute, alongside stars Mort Shuman and Annie Cordy.

As a humorist, Mr. Tiber has appeared on CNN, NBC, CBS, CNBC, and 20/20, as well as on television shows in France, England, Tokyo, Moscow, Berlin, and Belgium (where he starred in the popular RTB-TV comedy series Sketch-Up) . He has also performed his one-man stand-up show, Woodstock Daddy, for clubs, theaters, and television.

Mr. Tiber’s memoir Taking Woodstock: A True Story of A Riot, A Concert, and A Life, which he wrote with Tom Monte, was first published in the U.S. in August 2007 by Square One Publishers. Among his other books are the nonfiction Knock on Woodstock, published in 1994, which included many of his own photographs documenting the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair; and the Dutch-language Jacques Brel Blues.

He was recently named an Honorary Board Member of The Gay American Heroes Foundation (GAHF). He has been recognized by The New York Times as a “gay-rights pioneer,” and remains proud of his role in the 1969 Stonewall Riots.