About Dana

Dana Lynn Formby is a Bloomsbury Methuen published playwright and proud resident at Chicago Dramatists where she is a faculty member. She was a finalist or semi finalist for the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Princess Grace Award for playwriting. Her play THE LABELER, was a 2016 finalist for the American Blues Theatre Blue Ink Award and was read at Luna Stage in 2017. Her play JOHNNY 10 BEERS' DAUGHTER was a finalist for the O'Neill 2016 National Playwrights Conference and the 2016 Emory Fellowship in playwriting. It was produced in 2017 by Something Marvelous and Chicago Dramatists. Her play AMERICAN BEAUTY SHOP was read at Steppenwolf’s First Look 2014 and produced by Some Company of Sydney Australia and Chicago Dramatists. Dana is a three time ‘Kilroy Honorable Mention’ playwright. Her plays have been produced, workshopped, or developed by Pegasus Theatre Chicago, Stage Left, Chicago Dramatists, Mortar Theatre Company, Steep, PICT, Victory Gardens, WordBRIDGE, Florida Studio Theatre, The Alliance Theatre of Atlanta, The Kennedy Center, Theater Emory, The Department of Cultural Affairs of Chicago, and New York Theatre Workshop. Her short play A DECK OF MONSTERS was featured in Goodman Theatre's New Play Bake-Off. Her play UNTIL DEATH was produced in 2015 at Concordia University Chicago in association with Chicago Dramatists. She holds an MFA in playwriting from Ohio University. She has been commissioned by Theater Emory. Dana is represented by The Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency in New York. She is a faculty member at Chicago Dramatists. Website: http://www.danalynnformby.com

About her work

I'm a blue-collar female playwright interested in taking off the rose-colored glasses I perched on the end of my nose as I flipped through magazines as a kid.  I carefully assembled my glasses out of clippings of American dreams found anywhere from Glamour to Fortune 500. I fantasized I could look like the two-dimensional-female cutouts if I could just win the lottery.  I write plays that question this rose-colored collage of complications that arise when blue-collar economics beg you to stop at your gender. I am a writer, who tells stories about the disillusionment of the American Dream through the context of the lower economic classes of our society.