Will Arbery | playwright & filmmaker


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

He's a member of Youngblood at EST, and he's the recipient of a 2016-2017 Claire Rosen & Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists. He's an alum of Clubbed Thumb's Early Career Writers Group, Theater Masters MFA Festival, Alliance Theatre's Kendeda group, Tofte Lake Center's Emerging Artist Residency, Wildacres, The Watermill Center (with BOOMERANG), and Variety’s “110 Students to Watch.”

His play The Mongoose was an L.A. Times Critic’s Pick. His dance work with BOOMERANG has performed at Steppenwolf, PULSE Miami, The Watermill Center, and MCA Chicago. 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's currently Writing & Research Assistant for Young Jean Lee. Upcoming: a residency at Barn Arts Collective, and a residency at 100W Corsicana

​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. 

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