Dana Lynn Formby

To be a teacher is to be a student. Without a teacher’s ability to learn from her students, she will not teach them anything. A teacher must be open to search for new answers, for if she believes she has them all, her students will suffer. Learning must be a two-way street. A teacher will inspire her students to delve further into their studies if she is willing to listen to their ideas. This type of relationship fosters discussion-based learning, which is how students become teachers to their peers outside of class. This ultimately makes them critical, creative, and collaborative thinkers and leaders. These skills are imperative to thrive in modern society.


Dana Lynn Formby is a Bloomsbury Methuen published playwright and proud resident alumna at Chicago Dramatists, where she was a faculty member and former interim artistic director. She was a finalist or semi-finalist for the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Princess Grace Award for playwriting. Her play THE LABELER was a 2016 finalist for the American Blues Theatre Blue Ink Award and was read at Luna Stage in 2017. Her play JOHNNY 10 BEERS’ DAUGHTER was a finalist for the O’Neill 2016 National Playwrights Conference and the 2016 Emory Fellowship in playwriting. It was produced in 2017 by Something Marvelous and Chicago Dramatists. Her play AMERICAN BEAUTY SHOP was read at Steppenwolf’s First Look 2014 and produced by Some Company of Sydney Australia and Chicago Dramatists. Dana is a three-time ‘Kilroy Honorable Mention’ playwright. Her plays have been produced, workshopped, or developed by Pegasus Theatre Chicago, Stage Left, Chicago Dramatists, Mortar Theatre Company, Steep, PICT, Victory Gardens, WordBRIDGE, Florida Studio Theatre, The Alliance Theatre of Atlanta, The Kennedy Center, Theater Emory, The Department of Cultural Affairs of Chicago, and New York Theatre Workshop. Her short play A DECK OF MONSTERS was featured in Goodman Theatre’s New Play Bake-Off. Her play, UNTIL DEATH, was produced in 2015 at Concordia University Chicago in association with Chicago Dramatists. She holds an MFA in playwriting from Ohio University. She has been commissioned by Theater Emory. Dana is represented by The Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency in New York. She is a faculty member at Chicago Dramatists.