David Auburn


Born in 1969, in Chicago, David Auburn received a B.A. in English Literature at the University of Chicago.  Following a one-year fellowship with Amblin Entertainment, he moved to New York City where he attended Juilliard School’s playwriting program.

He’s the author of the collection of short plays “Fifth Planet and Other Plays” (containing the plays “Fifth Planet”, “Miss You”, “Are You Ready”, “Damage Control”, “Three Monologues”, “What Do You Believe About The Future?” and “We Had A Very Good Time”).

Auburn’s first full-length play, “Skyscraper”, ran Off Broadway between September and October of 1997. He is best known for his 2000 play “Proof”, which won the 2001 Tony Award for Best Play, as well as the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. He adapted it into a film, which was released in 2005.

He’s also the author of “The Columnist” (which premiered in a production by the Manhattan Theatre Club on Broadway, in 2012), and “Lost Lake” (premiered Off-Broadway in a Manhattan Theatre Club production at New York City Center—Stage 1, in 2014).

After the adaptation of “Proof”, he wrote the script for “The Lake House” in 2006, by Warner Bros. In 2007, he made his film directorial debut with “The Girl in the Park”, for which he also wrote the screenplay. He has also directed stage works, namely the play “Sick” by Zayd Dohrn (in 2009), “Anna Christie” by Eugene O’Neill (in 2013), and “Side Effects” by Michael Weller (in 2011).

David Auburn was awarded the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He also received the 2000 Kesselring Prize for “Proof”.

More information: dramatists.com and en.wikipedia.org

Christopher Bigsby has dedicated a chapter of his book Staging America to him (edited by Bloomsbury), available here