Dano Madden is a playwright and director, originally from Boise, Idaho. He was a 2015 MacDowell Fellow and a 2016 Djerassi Fellow. Dano’s plays have been produced and/or received development by Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Source Festival, The Artful Conspirators, World At Large Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, The National New Play Network, Mile Square Theatre, Burnt Studio Productions, Northwest Playwrights Alliance, Idaho Theatre for Youth, Kitchen Theatre Company, Rutgers University, The University of Tulsa, Bloomsburg University, Lark Play Development Center, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, Boise Contemporary Theater and Boston Theatre Works, among others. He is a five time Heideman Award finalist. He was the winner of the Kennedy Center’s 2007 National Student Playwriting Award and a finalist for the National New Play Network’s 2010 Smith Prize. Published works include: In the Sawtooths and Drop (Samuel French, Inc.), Beautiful American Soldier and Ella (Best American Short Plays 2005-2006 & 2009-2010), The Save (Playscripts, Inc.), The Soft Sand and Survival (Northwest Playwrights Alliance), The Raccoon, Leaving IKEA and Third Ward Scandal (Indie Theater Now) and monologues in The Best Men’s Stage Monologues and Scenes 2010 (Smith & Kraus) and Exceptional Monologues 2 (Samuel French, Inc.) In 2007, Dano was named one of “50 Playwrights to Watch” by The Dramatist magazine.
In the summer of 2015, Dano wrote and co-produced the web series, Precious Cargo. The series is an official selection for the 2016 Brooklyn Web Fest and for the 2016 NYC Web Fest.
Dano's directing credits include: Whitman’s Brooklyn (The Artful Conspirators), Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You (Actors Theatre of Louisville) and Backstory (Actors Theatre of Louisville, 24th Humana Festival). He is a three-time finalist for the National New Play Network’s annual showcase of new plays. Dano was the 2008-2009 National New Play Network playwright-in-residence at Interact Theatre Company in Philadelphia. He received his BA from Boise State University and his MFA from Rutgers University. Dano has taught at Stockton College, Rutgers University and at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in the Playwright’s Horizons Theatre School. He is currently a speech and drama teacher at the Marymount School of New York. Dano lives in Hoboken with his wife Lauren and their cats, Beth and Buster.