Brenden Dahl is a playwright, actor, improviser, and all-around theater-maker from Philadelphia. He has worked for theater companies in Philadelphia and New York such as Clubbed Thumb Theatre, Azuka Theatre, and Quintessence Theatre Group as a writer, actor, and intern, and will attend Northwestern University as a Theatre Major. His plays have been staged or produced by Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Temple University and MacGuffin Theatre and Film. He has won National Gold Medals through Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and was a YoungArts National Merit Selection for dramatic writing.
Brenden's plays create unusual worlds that aim to reveal reality through the surreal. Inspired by the works of Ursula Le Guin and Caryl Churchill, Brenden's plays are not dystopian or premonitory, but rather provocative in a hopeful way. Brenden believes that the role of theatre is to both unite and challenge people, especially when the world seems more surreal than any story. Brenden is also exceedingly aware of how pretentious artist statements can seem, and is therefore a bit of a hypocrite.