Will Arbery | playwright & filmmaker


Will Arbery is a playwright, performer, and filmmaker from Texas + Wyoming.

Plays include: Heroes of the Fourth Turning (Playwrights Horizons) //Plano (Clubbed Thumb) //  Evanston Salt Costs Climbing (New Neighborhood) // Wheelchair (3 Hole Press). He's currently under commission at Playwrights Horizons and Shadowcatcher Entertainment

He's a member of New DramatistsP73's I-73EST/Youngblood, an alum of The Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm, a Colt Coeur Resident, a member of Calliope, and the recipient of a 2016-2017 Claire Rosen & Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists. While in grad school, he was named one of Variety’s “110 Students to Watch.”

His work has been developed at Playwrights HorizonsVineyard TheaterClubbed ThumbOjai Playwrights ConferenceCape Cod Theater ProjectThe New GroupEST/YoungbloodThe Bushwick StarrTheater MastersAlliance Theatre/KendedaTofte Lake CenterCalliope100W CorsicanaTwo Headed Rep and White Heron. His play The Mongoose was an L.A. Times Critic’s Pick and winner of the 2017 Stage Raw Theatre Award for Best Playwriting.

His dance work with BOOMERANG has performed at Steppenwolf, Pioneer Works, The Watermill Center, and MCA Chicago, and has been featured on Desus & Mero and Creators Project

He's been featured in The New York TimesBrooklyn RailPurple MagHowl RoundI Interview Playwrights, and TDF Stages. His writing has been published by Better MagazineWord RiotdecomPThe AwlHowl RoundNeutrons ProtonsSnow Monkey, and more. 

He's the former Writing & Research Assistant for Young Jean Lee

​MFA in Writing for the Screen + Stage from Northwestern University. BA in English & Drama from Kenyon College.

He grew up in Dallas, TX, the only boy with seven sisters.

AGENTS | ICM Partners

THEATER | Di Glazer + Sam Barickman | +

TV | Zach Carlisle |

FILM | Viviane Telio + Will Watkins | +

MANAGEMENT | Odenkirk-Provissiero

Eva Dickerman |

HEROES OF THE FOURTH TURNING (2019) - Playwrights Horizons

Directed by Danya Taymor. Starring Jeb Kreager, Julie McDermott, Michele Pawk, Zoe Winters, and John Zdrojeski. Set by Laura Jellinek. Lights by Isabella Byrd. Sound by Justin Ellington. Costumes by Sarafina Bush. Photos by Sara Krulwich.

PLANO (2018) - Clubbed Thumb Summerworks

Directed by Taylor Reynolds. Starring Brendan Dalton, Crystal Finn, Susannah Flood, Ryan King, Cesar J Rosado, Mary Shultz, and Miriam Silverman. Set by Daniel Zimmerman. Lights by Isabella Byrd. Costumes by Stephanie Levin. Photos by Elke Young.

EVANSTON SALT COSTS CLIMBING (2018) - New Neighborhood

Directed by Dustin Wills. Starring Justin Kirk, Keira Naughton, Howard Overshown, and Rachel Sachnoff. Set by Jean Kim. Lights by Masha Tsimring. Projections by Nick Hussong. Costumes by Seth Bodie. Photos by Joey Moro.



Dance performance with Matty Davis. Co-choreographed by Kora Radella. Performances at Pioneer Works, MCA Chicago, and site-specifically in Brooklyn, Miami, and Chicago.