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will arbery | playwright & filmmaker

BIO

Will Arbery is a playwright and filmmaker from Texas + Wyoming + seven sisters.

PlaysHeroes of the Fourth Turning (Playwrights Horizons) // Plano (Clubbed Thumb) //  Evanston Salt Costs Climbing (New Neighborhood) // Wheelchair (3 Hole Press) // You Hateful Things (NYTW Dartmouth Residency). He's currently under commission from Playwrights Horizons and Shadowcatcher Entertainment

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.

Awards: Pulitzer Prize Finalist (Heroes of the Fourth Turning), Whiting Award for Drama, 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), Tow Foundation Grant, and an Edes Prize for Emerging Artists. Stage Raw Award for Best Playwriting (The Mongoose). 

TV/Film: Developing a TV series with A24/HBO. Story consultant on "Succession" (HBO). Writing feature film The Void Wife for Animal Kingdom

Features/interviews/podcastsThe New York Times, The Paris Review (for Whiting Award), The Paris Review (for Plano), Vox, American 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, 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.

AGENTS | ICM Partners

THEATER | Di Glazer + Sam Barickman | dglazer@icmpartners.com + sbarickman@icmpartners.com

TV | Zach Carlisle | zcarlisle@icmpartners.com

FILM | Viviane Telio | vtelio@icmpartners.com 

MANAGEMENT | Odenkirk-Provissiero

Manager: Eva Dickerman | eva@op-ent.com

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.

FILMMAKING REEL

FOR THE TOWARD

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