will arbery | playwright & filmmaker


Will Arbery is a playwright, TV/film writer, and filmmaker from Texas + Wyoming + seven sisters.

PlaysHeroes of the Fourth Turning (Playwrights Horizons) // Plano (Clubbed Thumb) //  Evanston Salt Costs Climbing (New Neighborhood) // Corsicana (development at Playwrights Horizons & Ojai Playwrights Conference) // Wheelchair (3 Hole Press) // You Hateful Things (development at The Public, SPACE on Ryder Farm, and NYTW Dartmouth Residency). He's currently under commission from Audible, MTC, and Playwrights Horizons

TV/Film: Developing TV series with A24/HBO, as well as Littlefield Co./Touchstone. Film projects with BBC Films/A24, Animal Kingdom, and Sight Unseen. Consultant on "Succession" (HBO). 

Awards: Pulitzer Prize Finalist (Heroes of the Fourth Turning), Whiting Award for DramaObie Award for Playwriting (Heroes of the Fourth Turning), New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play (Heroes of the Fourth Turning), Lucille Lortel Award for Best Play (Heroes of the Fourth Turning), Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Playwriting Award (Heroes of the Fourth Turning), Tow Foundation GrantEdes Prize for Emerging Artists, and Stage Raw Award for Best Playwriting (The Mongoose). 

Member/alum: New DramatistsP73's I-73EST/Youngblood, The Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm, Clubbed Thumb's Early Career Writers Group, Colt Coeur.

Features/interviews/podcastsThe New York Times (1), The New York Times (2), The Paris Review (for Whiting Award), The Paris Review (for Plano), Vox, PoliticoAmerican Theatre, Brooklyn Rail, NPR, Vanity FairOn Point, Upstage Left, Know Your Enemy, MUSEUMThe SubtextAmerica Magazine, HowlRound, Dallas Morning News, Wyoming Public Media, The Brian Lehrer Show, Patheos, JesuiticalThe Antenna Method, and The Wicked Stage. While in grad school, he was named one of Variety’s “110 Students to Watch.”

Dance workSteppenwolf, Pioneer Works, The Watermill Center, and MCA Chicago, Featured on Desus & Mero and Creators Project

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


Theater: John MacGregor |

Film: Sue Carls |

TV: Angela Dallas |

MANAGEMENT | Odenkirk-Provissiero

Manager: 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.