Warren Leight's play “Side Man” won the 1999 Tony Award for Best Play, and was a 1999 Pulitzer Prize Finalist. Other plays include “No Foreigners Beyond This Point" (Drama Desk nomination) published by Samuel French, “Home Front”, “Fame Takes a Holiday,” “Glimmer, Glimmer and Shine"(ATCA nomination), “The Loop”, and the book to the musical “Mayor" (Drama Desk nomination). Two collections of one-acts, “Dark, No Sugar,"" and “Stray Cats,” have been published by DPS. Leight is an enthusiastic supporter of the 24-hour Play Festival, where he has contributed a number of one acts. His one act “Mars Has Never Been This Close” was recently published in their anthology, Twenty-Four by Twenty-Four.
Warren is the showrunner and Executive Producer of the NBC drama, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Formerly, he has been the showrunner and an Executive Producer of HBO's Emmy- nominated In Treatment, for which he won the Peabody Award, as well as the FX drama Lights Out, and the Edgar-winning Law and Order: Criminal Intent. He wrote and directed “The Night We Never Met,” co-wrote the documentary “Before the Nickelodeon” (New York Film Festival) and has authored many screenplays.
Warren was the former President of The Writer’s Guild of America, East, and is a current member of the Dramatists’ Guild councils.
Warren was raised in New York City. He is a graduate of Stanford University. He lives with his wife and daughters in New York.