Rob Ackerman's credits include Tabletop (Drama Desk Award winner for Best Ensemble Performance), Disconnect (The Working Theater, Classic Stage Company), and Icarus of Ohio (hotINK 2007, Tisch School of the Arts Mainstage 2008). His latest play, Volleygirls, was commissioned by ACT in San Francisco and premiered there in March 2009. His first play, Origin of the Species, became an award-winning feature film starring Amanda Peet. Mr. Ackerman has had residencies at Yaddo, the Lark Play Development Center, and Flux Theatre Ensemble. He also works as a prop master on commercials, films, and Saturday Night Live, for which he recently helped to make "Obama Cool," "Whopper Virgins," and "Chewable Pampers." Mr. Ackerman was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, majored in theater and Spanish at Middlebury College, and earned an M.F.A. in directing from Northwestern University. He and his wife, author Carol Weston, live in Manhattan with their two daughters.