Briandaniel Oglesby writes some plays for teens and young adults, and some plays for mature audiences. After his MFA in Playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin (studying with Steven Dietz, Suzan Zeder, and Kirk Lynn), he became the Director of Theatre Arts at Skybridge Academy (now Appamada), a middle school/high school; there he creates innovative plays with and for teens. While his work for mature audiences is solo-authored and reflective of his queer, mixed-Latino identity, his plays for young people fold an ensemble into the creation process. Whether it’s an LGBTQ Romeo & Juliet re-imagination for middle schoolers, a promenade-style play with two stories moving simultaneously, or a collection of fairy tales told in a completely random order, his work for young actors always has an experimental and occasionally groundbreaking element.
He is a three-time National Finalist to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, winning the Latinidad Award for one of his plays. His work has been developed at Playwrights’ Week at the Lark twice, the JAW Festival, B Street Theatre’s New Plays Festival, Cap Stage’s Playwrights’ Revolution, the San Francisco Playhouse, and at numerous theaters and colleges across the country. He’s won the Outstanding Playwriting Award from the New York International Fringe Festival, and has seen his work produced at schools all over the world.