Brenden Dahl (he/they) is a writer, 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 an actor, playwright, and intern, and will attend Northwestern University as a Theatre Major in the Class of 2025. Their 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 including a Senior Portfolio award, was a YoungArts National Merit Selection for Dramatic Writing, and they are the current Playwright-in-Residence at Philadelphia Young Playwrights.
In production, Brenden is drawn to inherently collaborative work, and has a strong passion for improvisation and devised creation. He is also drawn to work that advocates for social justice, empowers young people, and makes theater and theater education available to those who don't often get to experience it. In his writing, Brenden aims to reveal reality through the surreal, and to explore consciousness through the subconscious. He writes stories of complex, troubled psyches set in parallel or future worlds, but not in an overtly dystopian or premonitory way, rather in a provocatively hopeful one.