Theodore Apstein, a playwright, screenwriter and retired adjunct professor of playwrighting at UCLA, died July 26 after suffering a stroke. He was 80.
Before coming to UCLA in 1965, Apstein taught playwrighting at Columbia U. and play analysis at the American Theater Wing. He retired in 1993. Many of his former students are now professionals in theater, film and TV.
Apstein wrote six one-act plays that have been produced around the world. His play “The Innkeepers” was produced on Broadway.
He wrote scripts for a number of prominent TV shows, including “Studio One,” “Marcus Welby, M.D.” and “The Waltons.” Among his film writing credits are “Whatever Happened to Alice?,” “Baffled” and “The Link.”
A native of Kiev, Russia, Apstein is survived by his wife of 51 years, Patricia Elliott Apstein, a sister, five children and 11 grandchildren.
A tribute to Apstein will be given by the UCLA department of theater along with a memorial in the fall. For information, call (310) 206-6876.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to the Playwrights Group, 2062 N. Vine St., Los Angeles 90068.