Will Arbery

Will Arbery is a playwright, TV/film writer, and filmmaker from Texas + Wyoming + seven sisters.
PlaysHeroes of the Fourth Turning (Playwrights Horizons) // Plano (Clubbed Thumb) //  Evanston Salt Costs Climbing (New Neighborhood) // Corsicana (development at Playwrights Horizons & Ojai Playwrights Conference) // Wheelchair (3 Hole Press) // You Hateful Things (development at The PublicSPACE on Ryder Farm, and NYTW Dartmouth Residency). He’s currently under commission from AudibleMTC, and Playwrights Horizons.
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 DramaObie Award for Playwriting (Heroes of the Fourth Turning), New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play (Heroes of the Fourth Turning), Lucille Lortel Award for Best Play (Heroes of the Fourth Turning), Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Playwriting Award (Heroes of the Fourth Turning), Tow Foundation GrantEdes Prize for Emerging Artists, and Stage Raw Award for Best Playwriting (The Mongoose).
TV/Film: Developing TV series with A24/HBO, as well as Littlefield Co./Touchstone. Film projects with BBC Films/A24, Animal Kingdom, and Sight Unseen. Consultant on “Succession” (HBO).
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 ShowPatheos, 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.