Dan LeFranc

Dan LeFranc

Dan LeFranc’s plays include Bruise Easy (American Theater Company), Troublemaker (commissioned and produced by Berkeley Rep), The Big Meal (American Theater Company, Playwrights Horizons), Sixty Miles to Silver Lake (Soho Rep, P73), Origin Story, In the Labyrinth and Night Surf. His work has been produced across the US and internationally, including productions in China, Sweden, and the UK. His latest play, Rancho Viejo, will receive its world premiere at Playwrights Horizons this fall. LeFranc received the 2011 Helen Merrill Playwriting Award, the 2010 New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award, the John C. Russell Fellowship, and recently served as the resident playwright of Playwrights Horizons. For television, LeFranc wrote for Showtime’s Golden Globe Award-winning drama series The Affair and the Steve McQueen limited series for HBO Codes of Conduct. Dan currently teaches at the Yale School of Drama.

Playwrights Horizons

Playwrights Horizons is a writer's theater dedicated to the support and development of contemporary American playwrights, composers and lyricists, and to the production of their new work. In a city rich with cultural offerings, Playwrights Horizons' mission is unique; we are the only major theater in New York with this specific mission. We have distinguished ourselves by the caliber of our work and our steadfast commitment to the voice of the American writer. It is a mission that is always timely, and it is essential to the future of the American Theater. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Tim Sanford and Managing Director Leslie Marcus, Playwrights Horizons encourages the new work of veteran writers while nurturing an emerging generation of theater artists. Writers are supported through every stage of their growth with a series of development programs: script and score evaluations, commissions, readings, and musical theater workshops. We present six productions annually on our two stages, each of which is a World, American, or New York premiere. View, edit or add to their profile on the New Play Map.


  • The Playwright and the Panel: Turning the Model on its Head Douglas Howe
    We've all been there. The curtain call is over, the house lights come up, and a representative from the theater comes out on stage to inform the audience that, in a few minutes, there will be a post-show discussion with the playwright. Thankfully, a partnership at Playwrights Horizons in New York City is rethinking that model. Playwright Dan LeFranc and director of New Play Development Adam Greenfield are turning the concept on its head by making the playwright the interviewer, instead of the interviewee.
  • Why Dan LeFranc, Why Playwrights Horizons? Dan LeFranc
    Tim Sanford and Dan LeFranc discuss their origins as artistic collaborators and their reasons for sharing work.