William R. Duell


I'm a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America, a professional member of PEN America, a board member of Wordsmyth Theater Co., which promotes new works by playwrights from around the world, and an advisory board member of Fade to Black, Houston's first and only national play festival to showcase new works by Black playwrights.


William R. Duell's first produced play, The Journey, a forty-minute drama, was produced in March 2009 at American Theatre of Actors in Manhattan by James Jennings, President and Artistic Director of ATA, and was a finalist for the Arts and Letters Prize in Drama. Duell's plays have been produced and workshopped across the U.S.

His full-length drama, honor, had its first stage readings December 16 and 18, 2019, directed by Gerald vanHeerden and presented by vMHF Theatricals and A.R.T./NY at the Bruce Mitchell Room in NYC. honor was workshopped October 25-26, 2022 at MATCH in Houston, directed by Ted Swindley. It premieres September 30 - October 29, 2023 at A.R.T./NY’s Jeffrey and Paula Gural Theatre in NYC, directed by vanHeerden.

Full-length unproduced plays include Trees in the Woods, a finalist of the 2016 Warner International Playwrights Festival; Bondage, first stage readings June 30 and July 1, 2019 at Stages Repertory in Houston, directed by Stages founder Ted Swindley; and Shadow Play, a finalist or semi-finalist in seven competitions.