GABRIEL JASON DEAN | Playwright
GABRIEL JASON DEAN is a Brooklyn / Austin based theatre-maker who originally hails from Atlanta, Georgia. His plays have been produced or developed throughout the United States at places such as New York Theatre Workshop, Manhattan Theatre Club, McCarter Theatre, Araca Group, The Lark, The Flea, Oregon Shakespeare, The Kennedy Center, PlayPenn, InterAct, Abingdon Theatre, The Playwrights’ Center, Davenport Theatrical, ASSITEJ International, American Theatre Company, Red Orchid Theatre, Stage Left, The Vortex Theatre (502), Aurora Theatre, Dallas Children’s Theatre, People’s Light and Theatre, Dad’s Garage Theatre, Actor’s Express, Horizon Theatre, FronteraFest, Source Festival, the Cohen New Works Festival, Essential Theatre and the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Gabriel’s play In Bloom was a finalist for the Laurents/Hatcher Award, received the Kennedy Center’s Paula Vogel Prize, and was Runner-Up for the New Dramatist’s Princess Grace Award. His play for children, The Transition Of Doodle Pequeño, received the American Alliance for Theatre & Education Distinguished Play Award, the New England Theatre Conference Aurand Harris Award and was selected for the Kennedy Center new Visions/New Voices Conference, Theatre for Young Audiences Award and was Runner-Up for the Harold & Mimi Steinberg National Playwriting Award. He is the recipient of the Essential Theatre New Play Prize and Austin’s 2013 B. Iden Payne Award for “Best Original Script” and “Best Comedy” for Qualities Of Starlight, received an Austin Critic’s Table Award for “Best Production” for Terminus and his play Pigskin won the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival. Other awards include the Kennedy Center’s ACTF Ken Ludwig Prize for a body of work from an emerging writer, “Favorite Local Playwright” in Creative Loafing – Atlanta, and the City of Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs Playwriting Award. Fellowships include the Hodder Fellowshop from Princeton University, James A. Michener Playwriting Fellowship, the Dramatist’s Guild Fellowship and the Sallie B. Goodman / McCarter Theatre Fellowship. He has been a finalist for the O’Neill Theatre Conference, Portland Center Stage’s JAW Festival, Bay Area Playwright’s Festival, Page 73 Fellowship, the Julliard Wallace Fellowship, NNPN Smith Prize and Aurora Theatre Global Age Project. His scripts are published through Samuel French, Dramatic Publishing and Playscripts. Gabriel’s poetry, fiction and journalism has been published in Snake Nation Review, The Tower, Eclectica Magazine, The Melic Review, The Louisville Review and Creative Loafing. Gabriel is currently on faculty for Spalding University’s Brief- Residency MFA Program, is Visiting Writer in Residence at Muhlenberg College, an Affiliated Writer at The Playwright’s Center in Minneapolis and a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop. B.A.: Oglethorpe University, M.F.A.: UT-Austin Michener Center for Writers.