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Will Snider was born and raised in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. His play How to Use a Knife received a Rolling World Premiere through National New Play Network, won the Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play, and was a finalist for a PEN Center USA Literary Award. Other plays include Death of a Driver (Urban Stages, NYC), The Big Man (Ensemble Studio Theatre’s 35th Marathon of One-Act Plays), and Strange Men (PlayPenn Haas Fellowship). His work has been developed at MCC Theater, NNPN National Showcase of New Plays, The Kennedy Center, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Salt Lake Acting Company, SERIALS @ theflea, the claque, and Makehouse. He is an alumnus of Youngblood and received an EST/Soan Grant and The Kennedy Center’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award. He earned a BA in History from Columbia with a specialization in post-colonial East African political history and spent three years working in agricultural microfinance in Kenya and Ethiopia before earning an MFA in Playwriting from UCSD.

Represented by Leah Hamos

“Will is an exceptionally talented playwright. He has an innate gift for telling compelling stories in a strong and original voice. His plays look at how we’re haunted by our own history—whether it’s the legacy of colonialism or genocide. Will’s writing is ambitious in the best sense of the word. He’s taking on big, complex ideas and investigating them in vivid, dramatic, illuminating ways.” -Naomi Iizuka

“His plays often look at individuals trying to make sense of a world where the definition of ‘sense’ is always shifting, and he tells stories that shed light on the central political, global and moral questions of our time.” -Deborah Stein