Alumni Playwright2008 -- 2015
Dan LeFranc received the 2010 New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award for Sixty Miles to Silver Lake, premiered by Page 73 Productions and Soho Rep. His play The Big Meal received its world premiere at American Theatre Company in Chicago, where it was declared the “#1 Play of 2011” by Time Out Chicago and garnered five Joseph Jefferson Award nominations. The Big Meal received its off-Broadway premiere at Playwrights Horizons, where it picked up a Drama Desk nomination and four Lucille Lortel nominations, including for Outstanding Play. His most recent play, Troublemaker or The Freakin Kick-A Adventures of Bradley Boatright recently premiered at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Dan’s other plays include Backyard, Bruise Easy, Catgut, The Fishbone Fables, In the Labyrinth, Kill the Keepers, Night Surf, and Origin Story.
Dan is currently working on commissions for Yale Rep, South Coast Rep, and Playwrights Horizons. He has been recognized with the Helen Merrill Award and the Whitfield Cook Award, plus a Djerassi Resident Artists Program Fellowship, a John C. Russell Fellowship, and two MacDowell Colony/Alpert Foundation Residencies. He is a member of the MCC Playwrights Coalition and New Dramatists, and a former member of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab. A graduate of the MFA playwriting program at Brown University, Dan served as head playwriting instructor for the Brown/Trinity Rep Consortium and visiting faculty at Brown, SUNY Purchase, and Yale University, among others.
Sixty Miles to Silver Lake and The Big Meal have been published by Samuel French. The Big Meal also appeared in TheatreForum, McSweeney’s quarterly food journal Lucky Peach, and the Methuen Drama Book of New American Plays, edited by Sarah Benson.
Dan is currently the Playwright-In-Residence at Playwrights Horizons.