Gordon received an MFA in Playwriting from the Yale School of Drama in 1986. His plays include With More Than Voices (produced off-off Broadway); Navigators, directed by Arthur Sherman at Primary Stages; Alice Again, A Tin Star Over Tombstone, and The Voice of America (Alleyway Theater).  Gordon worked as a screenwriter at Universal Pictures, Warner Brothers and MGM, writing for producers as varied as Robert Simonds, Bruce Berman, and the late Norman Twain, with whom he developed several plays, including one based on the life and literary struggles of J.R.R. Tolkien, an adaptation of Richard Russo's darkly comic novel, Straight Man, and their final collaboration, The Lifespan of a Fact.  Teaching in NYU's Dramatic Writing Department for over 25 years, Gordon's students include Annie Baker, Lucas Hnath, Christopher Shinn, Jessica Goldberg, Marco Rameriz, Madeleine George, and Chisa Hutchinson, among others. Gordon's book, The Power of the Playwright’s Vision, was published by Heinemann Press in 2001 and is now a standard playwriting text in the U.S., England, and Canada.

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