Dan O'Brien
Affiliated Writer
Santa Monica, CA

Dan O'Brien is a playwright, poet, librettist, and recent Guggenheim Fellow in Drama & Performance Art. His most recent play, The House in Scarsdale: A Memoir for the Stage has received the 2018 PEN America Award for Drama. His play about the Battle of Mogadishu and the haunting of war reporter Paul Watson, entitled The Body of an American, has been produced in recent years off-Broadway (NY Times Critic's Pick), in London and Northampton, England (Gat Theatre/Royal & Derngate), and around the US. The Body of an American received the PEN Center US Award for Drama, the inaugural Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, the Horton Foote Prize for Best New American Play, and was shortlisted for the UK's Evening Standard Prize for Most Promising Playwright. O'Brien's debut poetry collection, War Reporter, published in the US and the UK and praised in the Guardian as "a masterpiece of truthfulness and feeling," received the UK's Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize, and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for a First Collection. O'Brien is the recipient of numerous fellowships and residencies including the Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University and a residency at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center in Italy. Current commissions include a play about Syria, Hollywood, and cancer for Center Theatre Group, a play about the history of guns in America for Oregon Shakespeare Festival's America Revolutions and the Public Theater in New York City, and an experimental chamber rock opera with John Colpitts of Oneida for Portland Center Stage. Dan O'Brien: Plays One was published in 2018 by Oberon Books in the US and the UK. He has taught playwriting at the Sewanee Writers' Conference, Princeton University, Brown University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Middlebury College, Grinnell College, and many other colleges and universities in the US. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, actor, writer and producer Jessica St. Clair, and their daughter, Isobel.

Agent Information

Beth Blickers
Agency for the Performing Arts
135 West 50th St, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10020


Dan O'Brien's THE BODY OF AN AMERICAN will be produced at Curious Theatre Company in Denver, Colorado, running from November 9th to December 9th, 2017. For more information: https://www.curioustheatre.org/event/the-body-of-an-american/

Dan O'Brien won second place in the inaugural Humanitas/CTG Playwriting Prize, for THE HOUSE IN SCARSDALE. http://www.broadwayworld.com/los-angeles/article/Ngozi-Anyanwus-GOOD-GRI...