biography

WENDY DANN
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is a writer and stage director from New York. Her short film, La Casa Verde, premiered at the 2018 Fort Lauderdale Film Festival and the San Antonio Film Festival in 2019. She won the virtual pitch contest at the Austin Film Festival in 2020.

 

Wendy was born in Central New York’s farm country and that’s probably why a cow nearly always shows up in her scripts. Her parents were both college professors and she grew up with eighteen acres of woods behind the house. Much of her childhood was spent surrounded by green, and vast verdant landscapes continue to inspire.

 

Wendy studied acting and writing in undergraduate school, and after graduation began acting and freelancing as a feature writer for newspapers. She began directing plays soon after, which led Wendy toward an MFA in directing and a career as a freelance stage director.

 

Regional stage directing work includes the Dallas Theater Center, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Alliance Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Capitol Repertory Theatre, Kitchen Theatre, and seven seasons as associate artistic director at the Hangar Theatre. Her work on stage has had a profound impact on her use of visual storytelling and heightened text.

 

Wendy’s collaboration as co-author and director on the musical Sammy & Me (MusicalFare Theatre, Hangar Theatre, Alliance Theatre, National Black Theatre Festival and New Vintage Theatricals), rekindled her interest in writing. Wendy’s stage plays have been finalists for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference as well as the Arts & Letters Prize in Drama. In 2013, she received a NYFA Fellowship in Playwriting and Screenwriting. Her original play, Birds of East Africa, premiered in 2017 at the Kitchen Theatre.

 

Wendy’s both a stepmother and a stepchild. She’s interested in telling stories about the forces that push families apart and the forces that might bring them back together.

 

MFA, Syracuse University. BFA, Ithaca College. Member, SDC. 

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