About Dana

Dana Lynn Formby is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists. She was a finalist for the 2016 Emory Fellowship in Playwriting as well as a finalist and semi finalist for the 2015 and 2016 Princess Grace Award for playwriting. Dana's most recent play, THE PLAY THAT USED TO BE TITLED ‘1247 LIKES’ DECIDES TO GO DANCING IN THE CEMETERY, was commissioned by Theater Emory. THE LABELER, was a 2016 finalist for the American Blues Theatre Blue Ink Award and will be read at Luna Stage in 2017. Her play JOHNNY 10 BEERS' DAUGHTER was a finalist for the O'Neill 2016 National Playwrights Conference. It will be produced this spring by Something Marvelous and Chicago Dramatists. Her play AMERICAN BEAUTY SHOP was read at Steppenwolf’s First Look 2014 and is was published by Bloomsbury Methuen in conjunction with the world premiere at Chicago Dramatists this past spring. Dana is a three time ‘Kilroy Honorable Mention’ playwright. Dana’s plays have been produced, workshopped, and read by Pegasus Theatre Chicago, Chicago Dramatists, Mortar Theatre Company, Steep, PICT, Victory Gardens, WordBRIDGE, Florida Studio Theatre, The Alliance Theatre of Atlanta, The Kennedy Center, Theater Emory 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. Dana is represented by The Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency in New York. 

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.