Benjamin Graber




Benjamin Graber has been a hippie doctor, a sex doctor, a psychiatrist, and a neurobiologist. His research archives are available at the Kinsey Institute at the University of Indiana. He holds an MA in Theatre from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and an MD from the University of Michigan Medical School. He is a board certified psychiatrist and neurologist and served for many years as a Professor at the University of Nebraska Medical School. During his years in medical academics, he authored academic articles, book chapters, abstracts, and national and international meeting presentations, including in Italy, Mexico, Israel, and Venezuela.  His co-authored the non-fiction text, Woman’s Orgasm, has remained in print for thirty-six years, and his edited text, Circumvaginal Musculature and Sexual Function is in its thirtieth year of continuous publication. He has been a member of the International Association of Sex Researchers for thirty years. In the world of creative writing, his short fiction and poetry have appeared in various venues, including Fine Line Journal, Defenestration, Anti-Muse, Canopic Jar, Uber, Spillway Review, and an anthology of Nebraska poets, Annex 22. He fell in love with playwriting after attending the first Great Plains Theatre Conference in 2006; subsequently the GPTC selected for their highly competitive Playlab staged readings of two of his one act plays, Party Favor in 2007 and Wedding Party in 2008 and two of his full length plays Warpaint in 2009 and Heteronormativity in 2010. His first full-length play, Hippie Doctor, his MA thesis play, achieved an unusual status for a student play: a full production at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in their main stage series in 2009. Warpaint, his co-authored play with Cleveland playwright Michael Oatman, was a 2009 national finalist at the Kennedy Center American Theatre Festival in Washington, D.C., and received its world premiere production in 2010 at the Shelterbelt Theatre. His one act plays, Banana Republic, Masque, and The Guru and the Turtle, and the co-authored Snipped, have all been fully produced. His ten-minute play, End of Limerence, has been produced several times, most recently in Florida. For 2010-2011 he was honored with Core Apprentice at the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis where his aforementioned full-length play, Heternormativity, was work shopped and read summer of 2010. Most recently Heteronomativity was a finalist at the prestigious 2011 WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory. In addition to playwriting, he has served as director, assistant director or dramaturg for many theatre productions. In 2010 he was appointed Playwright in Residence at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He was deeply involved in the adding a playwriting track to the University of University of Nebraska's Masters in Fine Arts in Writing Low Residency Program making it one of few such programs to have a track exclusively for playwrights. Since 2011 he has been serving as University of Nebraska's MFAW's Playwright in Residence. In order to continuing growing as a playwright and to better his ability to help educate playwrights in the Nebraska MFAW, he returned to school and is currently studying Playwrighting and earning his MFA at the Spalding University Brief Residency MFAW in Louisville, Kentucky.


He lives in Omaha with his wife Cindie, and their four dogs, Rilie, Autumn, Lexie, and Zoey.



In memory of Rex




Photographs of The Life and Times of Bjm




Dr. Graber's MD/Psychiatrist CV