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Will Power

Will Power is an internationally renowned playwright, performer, lyricist and educator. His plays and performances have been seen in hundreds of theaters and concert halls throughout the world including Lincoln Center (New York), The Public Theater (New York), The Battersea Arts Centre (U.K.), The Sydney Opera House, as well as numerous venues in Asia, Africa, Europe and throughout North America.

Called “The best verse playwright in America” by New York Magazine, Mr. Power is an innovator and dramatic explorer of new theatrical forms. He is known as one of the pioneers and co-creators of hip hop theater, a late 20th Century art form that led the way for future iconic works such as Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, as well as dozens of hip hop education programs being established throughout the country. Power is also a master craftsman of traditionally based plays and musicals. His straight play, Fetch Clay, Make Man, has been produced in various LORT theaters and regional companies including the McCarter Theater, New York Theater Workshop, the Round House Theater, True Colors Theater Company, The Ensemble Theater, and Marin Theater Company to name a few. Other plays include Stagger Lee (Dallas Theater Company), Five Fingers of Funk (Children’s Theater Company), and The Seven (La Jolla Playhouse, New York Theater Workshop, Ten Thousand Things Theater Company, and others). Power’s collaboration with Anne Bogart’s SITI Company and composer Julia Wolfe resulted in the performance piece Steel Hammer (Humana Festival, UCLA Live, Brooklyn Academy of Music, plus World tour).

Power has received numerous awards for his work as a writer and performer in the field including The Doris Duke Artist Award, a Lucille Lortel Award, a United States Artist Prudential Fellowship, an NEA/TCG Residency Grant, TCG Peter Zeisler Memorial Award, a NYFA Award, and a Joyce Foundation Award.

Power is also a passionate teacher of writing and performance. He has held fellowships, residencies and faculty positions at the City College of New York, Princeton University, Occidental College, Wayne State University, The University of Michigan at Flint, and the University of Massachusetts (Amherst). Currently, Will Power is on the faculty of Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts, and was The Andrew W. Mellon Playwright in Residence at the Dallas Theater Center.

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The Power of Local
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The Power of Local

Building Community While Building Plays

25 August 2019

Playwrights Will Power and Jonathan Norton talk about what being an artist in residence looks like, championing local playwrights, rejection letters, and more.

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