Dan O’Brien


Dan O’Brien’s play The Body of an American is the winner of the inaugural Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama as well as the L. Arnold Weissberger Award. The Body of an American premiered at Portland Center Stage in 2012, directed by Bill Rauch, and will receive its U.K. premiere at London’s Gate Theatre in 2014. Visitations, an opera with composer Jonathan Berger and director Rinde Eckert, commissioned by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mellon Foundation, premiered at Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University in 2013. O’Brien’s debut poetry collection War Reporter is forthcoming in 2013 from Hanging Loose Press in Brooklyn and CB Editions in London. O’Brien is the recipient of a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, the inaugural Djerassi Fellowship in Playwriting at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and twice the Tennessee Williams Fellowship from the University of the South (Sewanee), as well as residencies from Yaddo and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center. Originally from New York, he makes his home in Los Angeles with his wife, comedienne Jessica St. Clair.