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Will Power

Will Power is an award-winning playwright and performer. Plays include Stagger Lee (Dallas Theater Center), Fetch Clay, Make Man ( New York Theatre Workshop, Marin Theatre Company, Roundhouse Theatre), Steel Hammer with SITI Company (Humana Festival), The Seven (Lucille Lortel Award Best Musical, New York Theatre Workshop, La Jolla Playhouse), Five Fingers of Funk! (Children’s Theatre Company), Honey Bo and The Goldmine (La Jolla Playhouse) and two acclaimed solo shows The Gathering, and Flow (solo shows toured to over seventy cities nationwide, Europe, Australia). Power’s numerous awards include a United States Artist Prudential Fellowship, the TCG Peter Zeisler Memorial Award, the Jury Award for Best Theatre Performance at the HBO US Comedy Arts Festival, and the Trailblazer Award from The National Black Theater Network. Power’s numerous film and television appearances include The Steven Colbert Report (Comedy Central), and Bill Moyers on Faith and Reason (PBS).  

Mr. Power was a guest of the U.S. State Department on five separate occasions, traveling to South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Turkmenistan, and Kyrgyzstan. On these trips and others, Mr. Power taught community workshops in shantytowns, worked with poets in former regimes of the Soviet Union, and lectured at various libraries, grammar schools, and colleges. Power is currently on the faculty at The Meadows School of the Arts/SMU, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Playwright in Residence with the Dallas Theater Center.

Behind-The-Scenes Rehearsal Video for Will Power's Stagger Lee
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Behind-The-Scenes Rehearsal Video for Will Power's Stagger Lee

16 March 2016

The following video is a sneak peek behind the scenes rehearsal video and includes footage from workshop presentations that took place in November 2014.

Why Will Power, Why Dallas Theater Center?
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Why Will Power, Why Dallas Theater Center?

15 March 2016

Kevin Moriarty expresses why Will Power is the ideal voice and ambassador for Dallas Theater Center and Power gives his own reasons for why his work is at home in Dallas.

Artistry, Advocacy, and Agency
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Artistry, Advocacy, and Agency

Will Power, Dallas Theater Center and the Playwright On Staff Model

10 December 2014

Commons Producer Jonathon Norton talks to playwright Will Power, the playwright in residence at Dallas Theater Center, about being on staff at a regional theatre and being a member of a community.

Friday Phone Call # 70
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Friday Phone Call # 70

Will Power

14 November 2014

In today’s Friday Phone Call, David Dower talks to playwright Will Power.

Dallas, My New Home
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Dallas, My New Home

5 May 2014

“You did what?” This is the question I’m asked by colleagues in the field when I tell them that I’ve recently moved to Dallas. So, here are the reasons why I moved, and why Dallas is such an exciting place to be when it comes to making theater.

Writing and Fighting
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Writing and Fighting

14 April 2014

Isn’t boxing just like writing a play? First, you have to train (the muscles in the gym if a boxer, the mind facing the screen if a writer). Then you have to fight! (What we in the Arts call “advocate”). You go out into the world/ring and advocate for your play, and hopefully find other advocates who will advocate your “advocation.” Next, whether you win (get a production) or lose (a reading, and another reading, and another reading), you must nurse your wounds and finally, learn from the experience in hopes that you will come out next time a stronger, smarter, more creative. . .fighter.

A Conversation with Paula Vogel, Teo Castellanos, and Will Power
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A Conversation with Paula Vogel, Teo Castellanos, and Will Power

8 September 2013

P. Carl talks to Paula Vogel, Teo Castellanos, and Will Power about politics, diplomacy as artists, and the lines they will or will not cross