A Resident Playwright since Fall 2006 and now a faculty member at Chicago Dramatists, Will Dunne is an author, playwright, and teacher. His book THE DRAMATIC WRITER'S COMPANION was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2009 and translated into Polish by PWN in Warsaw in 2014. The English version continues to top the amazon bestseller list in Playwriting and Scriptwriting, and will be released in a second edition in 2017. His second book, THE ARCHITECTURE OF STORY, was published by the Press in April, 2016, and is being translated into Chinese by Gingko Book Company in Beijing. His third book, MORE TOOLS FROM THE DRAMATIC WRITER'S COMPANION, is scheduled for publication by the Press in 2017.
Mr. Dunne's plays have received many awards and honors and 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 at 16th Street Theatre (2008), HOW I BECAME AN INTERESTING PERSON at Chicago Dramatists (2009), TWO MEN ON A TRAIN PLATFORM JUST BEFORE THE APOCALYPSE at Artistic Home ((2012), LOVE AND DROWNING at 16th Street Theatre (2012), IN THE DARK at Intuit (2012), CAPE COD MORNING at Arts on Elston (2014) and THE DEATH AND LIFE OF JOHN SMITH at Madison Street Theatre (2016).
Three of his plays -- HOW I BECAME AN INTERESTING PERSON, LOVE AND DROWNING, and HOTEL DESPERADO -- were selected for development and presentation at the US National Playwright's Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center. Through the O'Neill, INTERESTING PERSON received a Charles MacArthur Fellowship for comedy and was presented later at the Australian National Playwrights Conference and then in Croatian translation at the National Theatre of Istria. HOTEL DESPERADO was presented in Russian translation 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. His popular Scene Shop playwriting program at Chicago Dramatists has been running since Fall 2007, and serves about 30 playwrights each quarter.