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Will Dunne

 

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First name
Will
Last name
Dunne
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Residency Level
Resident
Bio
A Resident Playwright and faculty member, Will Dunne is an author, playwright, and teacher. Published by the University of Chicago Press, his bestseller THE DRAMATIC WRITER'S COMPANION has been released in a Second Edition (2017) and translated into Polish by PWN in Warsaw (2014). Other books from the Press include CHARACTER, SCENE, AND STORY (2017) and THE ARCHITECTURE OF STORY (2016).

Mr. Dunne's plays have been presented in three languages worldwide. Locally, THE ROPER was produced at The Den Theatre (2014) and received a Joseph Jefferson nomination for Best New Work. Other Chicago area productions include: DEEP GARDENS at Second City (2005), THE ASCENSION OF CARLOTTA (2008) and LOVE AND DROWNING (2012) at 16th Street Theatre, HOW I BECAME AN INTERESTING PERSON at Chicago Dramatists (2009), TWO MEN ON A TRAIN PLATFORM JUST BEFORE THE APOCALYPSE (2012) and TEA TIME (2017) at The Artistic Home, IN THE DARK at Intuit (2012), CAPE COD MORNING at Arts on Elston (2014,) THE DEATH AND LIFE OF JOHN SMITH at Madison Street Theatre (2016).

HOW I BECAME AN INTERESTING PERSON, LOVE AND DROWNING, and HOTEL DESPERADO were each selected for development at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center. Through the O'Neill, INTERESTING PERSON received a Charles MacArthur Fellowship for comedy and was presented at the Australian and Croatian National Playwrights Conferences. HOTEL DESPERADO was presented at the Moscow Theatre Union's annual festival of new plays.

MOONRISE (2000) and GOOD MORNING, ROMEO (2007) were finalists for the Heideman Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville. The latter was published by Pearson in IMAGINATIVE WRITING: THE ELEMENTS OF CRAFT (2014). West Coast productions of Mr. Dunne's work -- ELEVENTH HOUR, I MARRIED A WEREWOLF, BETWEEN QUAKES, and THE BRIDGE -- received four Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards, two DramaLogue Playwriting Awards, and a Best-of-Year mention from the San Francisco Examiner.

As a teacher, Mr. Dunne has conducted more than two thousand dramatic writing workshops in Chicago, San Francisco, and Oregon. He has been a dramaturg at the National Playwrights Conference at the O'Neill under the Artistic Direction of Lloyd Richards and twice been a guest playwriting instructor at the Australian National Playwrights Conference.
Course(s) Taught
SCENE SHOP
IT HAPPENED ONE WEEKEND
Plays
Full-length plays include:

THE ROPER
RAG DOLL IN A MAD DOG'S MOUTH
THE DEATH AND LIFE OF JOHN SMITH
HOTEL DESPERADO
HOW I BECAME AN INTERESTING PERSON
LOVE AND DROWNING
I MARRIED A WEREWOLF
THE ASCENSION OF CARLOTTA
ELEVENTH HOUR

Short plays include:

THE BRIDGE
TEA TIME
CAPE COD MORNING
THE EFFECTS OF GRAVITY ON A WOMAN LEAPING
IN THE DARK
BETWEEN QUAKES
DEEP GARDENS
THE INTERPRETER
MOONRISE/SUNRISE
KRAPP'S LATEST, BUT NOT LAST, TAPE
THE RED DOOR AJAR
TWO MEN ON A TRAIN PLATFORM JUST BEFORE THE APOCALYPSE
Screenplays
THE SILENT PHARAOH
Books
THE DRAMATIC WRITER'S COMPANION: TOOLS TO DEVELOP CHARACTERS, CAUSE SCENES, AND BUILD STORIES (University of Chicago Press, 2009, and Second Edition in 2017)

CHARACTER, SCENE, AND STORY: NEW TOOLS FROM THE DRAMATIC WRITER'S COMPANION (University of Chicago Press, 2017)

THE ARCHITECTURE OF STORY: A TECHNICAL GUIDE FOR THE DRAMATIC WRITER (University of Chicago Press, 2016)

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