Will Arbery | playwright & filmmaker


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

His play PLANO premiered at Clubbed Thumb's Summerworks this June. His play Evanston Salt Costs Climbing premiered at New Neighborhood/White Heron this August. He's currently under commission at Playwrights Horizons. His play Wheelchair is  published by 3 Hole Press, with an introduction by Bill Callahan. 

He's a member of The Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm, EST/Youngblood, 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

Short plays at: EST/Youngblood, Williamstown Theatre Festival, JACK, Little Theater, #serials at The Flea, Samuel French OOB Festival (winner)Living Room Playmakers, American Theater Company, Hearth Gods, and more.

He's been featured in Brooklyn 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.


THEATER | Di Glazer + Sam Barickman | +

FILM | Cullen Conly |

TV | Zach Carlisle |

MANAGEMENT | Odenkirk-Provissiero

Eva Dickerman |

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.