Bob earned his Bachelor of Arts with honors in economics from Swarthmore College in 1958. In 1961 he received his law degree, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Bob developed his agent skills working with his father, Harold Freedman, who had worked with the esteemed literary agency Brandt and Hochman, formerly Brandt & Brandt, since 1922. Bob took over his father's own dramatic agency, founded in 1928, in 1966 and has represented some of the biggest names and estates in theatre, including Thorton Wilder and Mary Chase through some of today's most critically acclaimed playwrights.
Bob was Vice-President (Dramatic) of Society of Authors' Representatives (now Association of Authors' Representatives) for two separate periods of time totaling over fifteen years.
He is a proud, lifelong resident of New York City where he lives with his wife.
Marta has eclectic tastes and represents a young crop of diverse up and coming writers. She has a penchant for quirky/edgy comedy with a social and/or moral bent as well as plays that are large in scope but small in cast size.
Before joining the Agency, Marta studied acting at HB Studios in New York, wrote plays, directed play readings, and headed a women’s playwriting group. She has also been, and continues to be, active as an artist doing painting, sculpting and drawing. She enjoys opera and considers plays to be a combination of music, visual arts and muscular use of language. She looks for passion, courage and a unique voice in the writers she represents.
Marta was raised in New York but has a European background and grew up going to the theater with her parents. Her professional background includes working as a publicist/newsletter editor for the New York Times Magazine Group, a marketing assistant for Arno Press and teaching Junior High School English. She earned a B.A. in English Literature from Queens College and an M.A. in Media and Communications from N.Y.U. She is a member of the Association of Author’s Representatives and has served on their Board of Directors.
Samara has been working with the Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency for over ten years. She began as an agent’s assistant and consultant and has been a full agent for five years.
Growing up in New York City, Samara fell in love with the theatre. She was fortunate enough to see many groundbreaking, award winning, and influential plays, which shaped her views and values. She knew at a young age she would have a life and career involving theatre.
Samara graduated from Ithaca College with a BFA in Acting. Previous to joining the agency she worked at Shooting Gallery, the film company that produced Sling Blade and Minus Man, she produced and starred in the short film, “i never” with MorningStar Productions, and has acted in numerous plays, TV shows and independent films in New York and LA.
Samara believes vehemently in plays that give voice to those who most profoundly and deeply need to be heard. She believes in theatre for change, theatre for education, and theatre to create conversation and communication. Theatre is not always comfortable. It is not always pleasant and certainly not always pretty. But how are we different when we leave a play from when we walked in? How are we changed? Only by asking ourselves these questions can we truly delve into the deep experience of a play and its impact on us.
Samara is fortunate to represent some of the strongest theatrical voices today. Each writer has something vital, powerful, and unique to add theatre, film, and television
Samara is a full national member of the League of Professional Theatre Women.
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