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 Duell's first produced play, The Journey, a forty-minute drama, was produced in 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. Full-length plays include: honor, a reading of which was streamed March 26-29, 2021, directed by Gerald vanHeerden and presented by vMHF Theatricals, and which had its first workshop readings December 16 and 18, 2019, also directed by vanHeerden and presented by vMHF Theatricals and ArtNY at the Bruce Mitchell Room in NYC; Bondage, first stage readings June 30 and July 1, 2019 at Stages Theatre in Houston, directed by Stages founder Ted Swindley; Shadow Play, finalist 2019 Garry Marshall New Works Festival, developmental reading Oct 29, 2018 by The Bechdel Group at The Tank, semi-finalist 2018 AACT NewPlayFest; Trees in the Woods, finalist, 2016 Warner International Playwrights Festival; Change, semi-finalist O’Neill; and Hope, produced by Voices Breaking Boundaries at the Houston Institute of Culture: "Thirteen cutting edge artists were chosen by POLITIQUEER curators for performance art pieces, dramatic readings, spoken word and other forms of embodied art examining the official and everyday dimensions of queer politics.”