LILA FEINBERG is a New York playwright putting her MFA to good use in Los Angeles.
It was recently announced that she is adapting THREE WISHES, by Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty, as a drama series for NETFLIX. She is also adapting THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR, based on a New York Times best-selling thriller, for Paramount TV, produced by Sugar23 and Anonymous Content. Her original pilot PULSE, a medical thriller based on her autobiographical play VERTEBRAE, was recently acquired by Endeavor Content, produced by Bruna Papandrea's Madeup Stories. And her pilot 12 PARTIES, an original anthology series, is in development and soon to be announced. She also wrote the pilot 99 DAYS, based a New York Times best-selling YA novel, for MTV and Alloy Entertainment. Lila previously worked on Darren Star's comedy YOUNGER, and wrote the episode "Ladies Who Lust," featuring the feminist icon Erica Jong.
Her new play, FIRE SEASON, a modern retelling of "Measure for Measure," is inspired by her recent experience in Hollywood.
As a playwright, her play VERTEBRAE was awarded Araca Group's National Graduate Playwriting Award, with a workshop production at New York Theatre Workshop and Ars Nova. BLOOD MOON, the inaugural commission of the Jewish Plays Project, had a recent workshop with the IAMA Theatre Company in LA. LOVE LAB, the inaugural commission of the Clifford Odets Ensemble Play Commission, premiered at NYU Tisch; Walter Odets presented the award from his father's estate. While still in grad school, her commissioned play NIGHT FLOAT premiered alongside Craig Lucas' Ode to Joy at Playwrights Horizon, and Gregory Mosher's Arts Initiative produced a workshop of MONKEY BOWL at MTC. This year, monologues from her plays BLOOD MOON, PERCHED, and BURNT ORANGE were published in the anthologies The Best Women's Stage Monologues, Contemporary Monologues for Teens, and Contemporary Monologues for Women.
When not writing dialogue, Lila has lived many lives. As an actress, she had many chairs thrown at her in the Moscow Art Theatre, and Vaclav Havel once personally told her she was "the best one-legged whore" in The Beggar's Opera he'd ever seen. She has worked on numerous prestigious books, including Nobel Laureate Dr. Eric Kandel's The Age of Insight, NY Times critic Daphne Merkin's The Fame Lunches, Library of Congress' The Poets Laureate Anthology, and The Letters of Robert Lowell. At Columbia, Lila was the recipient of the Gatsby Charitable Fund Grant, Interdisciplinary Arts Council Grant, and Barnard Alumnae Fellowship. She was mentored by playwright Craig Lucas and the late Pulitzer Prize winning poet Mark Strand.
Lila holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Columbia University, and is a rare summa cum laude, phi beta kappa, and Centennial Scholar graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University, where she studied a lot of feminist poetry.
She is repped by UTA, Anonymous Content, and Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown.