Ronald Tavel (May 17, 1936 – March 23, 2009) was an American writer, director and actor, and was known for his work with Andy Warhol and The Factory.
Tavel was born in New York in May 1936. Tavel was appointed Artist-in-Residence to The Yale University Divinity School in 1975 for his contributions to formal theology and religious theatre - (notably, the Obie-Award winning play BIGFOOT) which is believed to have been the first such position ever established at a Protestant divinity school. He was re-appointed to that position in 1977 (for the 3-act play GAZELLE BOY). In 1980 Tavel was appointed First Playwright-in-Residence at Cornell University, where he was commissioned to write the melodrama, THE UNDERSTUDY, directed and designed by Michael Hillyer and starring a young Jimmy Smits. Tavel received the Obie Award for Outstanding Contribution to Theater, 1969, for the musical drama BOY ON THE STRAIGHT-BACK CHAIR. He was appointed Distinguished Visiting Assistant Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Colorado at Boulder, 1986-87. Tavel later appeared in a spate of theatrical and TV documentaries, released since 1989, on painting, postmodern art, and independent films. He