Will Arbery

Playwright

Will Arbery is a playwright and filmmaker from Texas + Wyoming + seven sisters.

PlaysHeroes of the Fourth Turning (Playwrights Horizons) // Plano (Clubbed Thumb) //  Evanston Salt Costs Climbing (New Neighborhood) // Wheelchair (3 Hole Press) // You Hateful Things (NYTW Dartmouth Residency). He's currently under commission from Playwrights Horizons and Shadowcatcher Entertainment

Member/alumNew DramatistsP73's I-73EST/YoungbloodThe Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder FarmClubbed Thumb's Early Career Writers GroupColt Coeur.

Awards: Pulitzer Prize Finalist (Heroes of the Fourth Turning), Whiting Award for DramaNew York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play (Heroes of the Fourth Turning), Lucille Lortel Award for Best Play (Heroes of the Fourth Turning), Tow Foundation Grant, and an Edes Prize for Emerging ArtistsStage Raw Award for Best Playwriting (The Mongoose). 

TV/Film: Developing a TV series with A24/HBO. Story consultant on "Succession" (HBO). Writing feature film The Void Wife for Animal Kingdom

Features/interviews/podcastsThe New York TimesThe Paris Review (for Whiting Award), The Paris Review (for Plano), VoxAmerican Theatre, Brooklyn RailNPRVanity FairOn PointUpstage LeftKnow Your EnemyMUSEUMThe SubtextAmerica MagazineHowlRoundDallas Morning NewsWyoming Public MediaThe Brian Lehrer Show, and The Wicked Stage. While in grad school, he was named one of Variety’s “110 Students to Watch.”

Dance workSteppenwolfPioneer WorksThe Watermill Center, and MCA Chicago, Featured on Desus & Mero and Creators Project

Education: ​​MFA in Writing for the Screen + Stage from Northwestern University. BA in English & Drama from Kenyon College.