Dana Coen

Playwright

DANA COEN is the Director of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Writing for the Screen and Stage Program, a two-year, interdisciplinary minor, in which selected students study the craft of dramatic writing in preparation for careers in theatre, film and television.  He is the creator and producer of Long Story Shorts, the program’s annual one act festival and the editor of “Twenty-Five Short Plays...”, a selection of plays from the first five years of the festival.  He also created “Activated Art,” an ekphrastic theatre festival, presented in collaboration with the Ackland Art Museum.  A former New York actor and director, he has written extensively for both television and the theatre.  He was Co-Executive Producer and writer on the Fox primetime series BONES and Co-Executive Producer on the CBS primetime series JAG, where he spent eight seasons and wrote thirty-seven episodes.  Other credits include a comedy development deal for Walt Disney Studios, Story Editor on ROOM FOR TWO, starring Linda Lavin and Patricia Heaton, and Staff Writer on CAROL AND COMPANY, starring Carol Burnett.  Dana has also written pilot scripts for ABC, NBC, FOX, Paramount Television and MCA/Universal Television.  Awards include the 2021 Silver Bullet Screenplay Award for his feature script "Sleeping Upright,'  The Jewish Image Award for his JAG episode "The Promised Land" and the Templeton Prize for his JAG episode "Second Sight".  As a playwright, his produced work includes PROPERTY, presented in the Redbird Festival at the Carrboro Arts Center, Los Angeles productions of INTERNAL BLEEDING at The Pacific Repertory Theatre, TINKLE TIME, starring Howard Hesseman, Harry Shearer and Luke Wilson at Showtime’s Act One Festival, BUNCHES OF BETTY at the West End Playhouse, and SYMPATHY, which was produced at both The Burbank Theatre Guild and Off Broadway at The Manhattan Punchline Theatre.

Highlights

Recently won the 2021 Silver Bullet Screenplay Contest with his script "Sleeping Upright."