Dano Madden is a playwright and director. His plays have been produced and/or received development by Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Source Festival, The Artful Conspirators, World At Large Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, The National New Play Network, Mile Square Theatre, Burnt Studio Productions, Northwest Playwrights Alliance, Idaho Theatre for Youth, Kitchen Theatre Company, Rutgers University, The University of Tulsa, Bloomsburg University, Lark Play Development Center, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, Boise Contemporary Theater and Boston Theatre Works, among others. He is a four time Heideman Award finalist. He was the winner of the Kennedy Center’s 2007 National Student Playwriting Award and a finalist for the National New Play Network’s 2010 Smith Prize. Published works include: In the Sawtooths and Drop (Samuel French, Inc.), Beautiful American Soldier and Ella (Best American Short Plays 2005-2006 & 2009-2010), The Save (Playscripts, Inc.), The Soft Sand and Survival (Northwest Playwrights Alliance), The Raccoon and Leaving IKEA (Indie Theater Now) and monologues in The Best Men’s Stage Monologues and Scenes 2010 (Smith & Kraus) and Exceptional Monologues 2 (Samuel French, Inc.) In 2007, Dano was named one of “50 Playwrights to Watch” by The Dramatist magazine. His directing credits include: Whitman’s Brooklyn (The Artful Conspirators), Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You (Actors Theatre of Louisville) and Backstory (Actors Theatre of Louisville, 24th Humana Festival). Dano was the 2008-2009 National New Play Network playwright-in-residence at Interact Theatre Company in Philadelphia. He received his BA from Boise State University and his MFA from Rutgers University. He is an adjunct professor of playwriting at NYU. Dano lives in Hoboken, New Jersey with his wife, Lauren, and their cat Beth.