Brenden Dahl (he/they) is a theater artist and producer from Philadelphia. He has worked with theater companies in Philadelphia and New York such as Clubbed Thumb Theatre, Azuka Theatre, Quintessence Theatre Group, and Theatre Exile as a writer, actor, and dramaturg, and will attend Northwestern University as a Theatre Major in the Class of 2025. He is drawn to inherently collaborative work, and has a strong passion for improvisation and devised creation. His plays have been produced by Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Temple University, and MacGuffin Theatre and Film. He has won National Gold Medals through the 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 writing 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.