Will Arbery | playwright & filmmaker


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

He's a member of EST/Youngblood, and he's the recipient of a 2016-2017 Claire Rosen & Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists

His work has been developed at Ojai Playwrights Conference, The New GroupClubbed Thumb, EST/Youngblood, The Bushwick StarrTheater Masters, Alliance Theatre/Kendeda, Tofte Lake Center, The Watermill Center (with BOOMERANG)100W Corsicana, and White Heron's Next Step Fest

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, PULSE Miami, The Watermill Center, and MCA Chicago, and has been featured on Desus & Mero and VICE Creators Project. Short plays at: 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 Purple MagHowl RoundI Interview Playwrights, and TDF Stages. His writing has been published by Better MagazineWord RiotdecomPThe AwlHowl RoundTimberNeutrons ProtonsSnow Monkey, and more. He was named one of Variety’s “110 Students to Watch.”

He's currently Writing & Research Assistant for Young Jean Lee. Next up: Miss Julie at Two Headed Rep, and PLANO at Clubbed Thumb's Winterworks. 

​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.