Ed Sparan – The Playwright

Ed Sparan. Photo by Carina Mask.

Ed Sparan works as HIV educator in charge of The PrEP Program at Broward Health. He also does HIV advocacy for the homeless population. 

Though Sparan’s AIDS work is laudable, many in the community know him for his work in the theater. “In the 1980s I was an actor in New York City which sparked my passion for the theater,” Sparan said.

In 1990 he went to San Francisco where he was the Artistic Director for the PWA (Persons With AIDS) Theatre. He then moved to South Florida in 1994 where he was involved as a leather titleholder and worked as a manager for The Public Theatre of South Florida. Sparan was also the Director of the World AIDS Museum and Educational Center for four years.

Beyond theater and HIV advocacy he wrestled in the Gay Games in NYC and in Sydney and was Events Coordinator for the 25th Anniversary of Stonewall in New York City.

A true Renaissance man, Sparan has written many plays, one of which, For Everhard (about the Everard Baths fire of 1977) won him the Playwrights Sanctuary Award for Outstanding LGBTQ play in 2018. Sparan is proud of his theater company, Epiphany Theater, which for seven years has produced a variety of plays, most recently In Love with the Arrow Collar Man.

The theater will soon move to a larger location and will present more productions as well as workshops and classes.

“This summer our production of Ciao Mark will be workshopped in Florida and then receive a showcase in New York in October,” he added.

This December Sparan will be in Madrid where he will judge the Mr. Spain Leather contest and will present his HIV artwork and book signing at The Triangular Gallery.

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