Ira Hauptman is a graduate of Harvard College and has an MFA and a DFA from the Yale School of Drama. His plays have been performed in New York at the Manhattan Theatre Club and the Ensemble Studio Theatre; in Los Angeles at the Audrey Skirball-Kenis Theatre, FirstStage, Odyssey and Moving Arts; in Berkeley at the Aurora Theatre; and in San Francisco at the Magic Theatre. His plays have also been produced in Paris, Brussels, and Bangalore.
Hauptman has received two play commissions from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project. The first was for Partition, about the early twentieth-century mathematicians Ramanujan and Hardy. Partition was published by Playscripts in 2006. The second was for Starry Messenger, about the recantation of Galileo.
Hauptman has written for Partisan Review, The New Republic, Parabasis, and other magazines. He has taught theatre at Yale, Cornell, and the University of California, Riverside.