Dan O'Brien
Affiliated Writer
Santa Monica, CA

Dan O’Brien is a playwright, poet, and librettist. His play The Body of an American was a McKnight National Residency and Commission from The Playwrights’ Center, and went on to receive the inaugural Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, the Horton Foote Prize for Outstanding New American Play, the PEN Center USA Award for Drama, the L. Arnold Weissberger Award, and was shortlisted for an Evening Standard Drama Award in London. The Body of an American premiered at Portland Center Stage, directed by Bill Rauch, received its European premiere in an extended run at the Gate Theatre in London and Royal & Derngate in Northampton, England, directed by James Dacre, and will premiere off-Broadway at Primary Stages in 2016. Previous plays by O’Brien have premiered at Second Stage Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Geva Theatre Center, and elsewhere. O’Brien’s debut poetry collection, War Reporter (Hanging Loose Press, 2013; CB Editions, 2013), received the UK’s prestigious Fenton-Aldeburgh First Collection Prize, and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. A new poetry collection entitled Scarsdale was published in 2014 by CB Editions in the UK, and in 2015 by Measure Press in the US. New Life, a third poetry collection, is forthcoming from CB Editions in 2015. O’Brien’s libretto for Jonathan Berger’s Visitations was commissioned by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, premiered at Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University in 2013, directed by Rinde Eckert, and received its New York City premiere at the Prototype Festival in 2014. O’Brien is a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow in Drama and Performance Art. Website: danobrien.org.


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...