Dana Lynn Formby

Founding Member

Dana Lynn Formby PlaywrightDana Lynn Formby is a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists. Her recent plays include If You Split a Second, which was read at the Alliance Theatre of Atlanta this year. She was awarded the 2009 Kennedy Center Fellowship to attend the 2009 WordBRIDGE play lab for Corazón de Manzana, and Laura Kepley of Trinity Repertory received a 2009-20011 NEA/ TCG Career Development grant to develop the interactive Internet scenes in that play; The Small of Her Back, a 2009 Kendeda Finalist which was given a workshop production at The Alliance Theatre of Atlanta, a reading at New York Theatre Workshop, and PICT; Inherit the Whole, which was presented in readings at Premiere Stages, Victory Gardens, and was Mortar Theatre’s inaugural production; and Armed with Peanut Butter, winner of the 2009 Kennedy Center National 10-Minute Playwriting Award at The 2009 Source Festival, and currently being translated into Russian for a reading at The Playwright and Director Center in Moscow. She has received commissions from Ohio University’s School of Medicine to write a play dealing with Type II Diabetes (Sugar Bear) and from the Ohio School of Psychology to write a play tackling Sickle Cell (120 Days). Her play Loaded Gavel was invited to the 2007 Houston Urban Reading Series. Dana’s first full-length, Frequency 98.6, was given a full production at the University of Wyoming in 2005 and invited to the regional American College Theatre Festival in 2006. Her one-act play Monday After Work won her a scholarship to the 2005 Playwright’s Intensive at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Dana is the 2008 recipient of the Scott McPherson Playwriting Award. She teaches playwriting at Chicago Dramatists and for the Vet Art Project. She is a Founding member of Mortar Theatre Company. She is a blue-collar playwright whose attitude has been carved by the relentless Wyoming wind—lips tight, eyes squinted, legs crossed because god knows what could blow in. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from Ohio University.



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