samuel d. hunter

About The Playwright



Signature Productions:

A Case for the Existence of God (2022)

A Bright New Boise (2023)

Samuel D. Hunter (Signature Premiere Residency Playwright) was born and raised in Moscow, Idaho. Hunter’s plays include The Whale (Drama Desk Award, Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, GLAAD Media Award, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Play), A Bright New Boise (Obie Award, Drama Desk nomination for Best Play), The Few, A Great Wilderness, Rest, Pocatello, Lewiston, Clarkston, and The Healing and The Harvest. A film adaptation of The Whale, written by Hunter, directed by Darren Aronofsky, and starring Brendan Fraser, was released December 2022 by A24 Films. He was also a writer and producer on all four seasons of the television show “Baskets” (FX). He is the recipient of a 2014 MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship, a 2012 Whiting Writers Award, the 2013 Otis Guernsey New Voices Award, the 2011 Sky Cooper Prize, the 2008 PONY/Lark Fellowship, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Idaho. His plays have been produced in New York at Playwrights Horizons, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Clubbed Thumb and Page 73, and around the country at such theaters as Seattle Rep, South Coast Rep, Victory Gardens, Williamstown Theater Festival, The Old Globe, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Denver Center Theatre Company, Marin Theater Company, and elsewhere. His work has been developed at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, the Ojai Playwrights Conference, Seven Devils, and PlayPenn. A published anthology of his work, including The Whale and A Bright New Boise, is available from TCG books. He is a member of New Dramatists, an Ensemble Playwright at Victory Gardens, a member of Partial Comfort Productions, and was a 2013 Resident Playwright at Arena Stage. A native of northern Idaho, Sam lives in NYC. He holds degrees in playwriting from NYU, The Iowa Playwrights Workshop, and Juilliard.

Photo by Lia Chang.

It’s really amazing that I get to have the knowledge that I will premiere three of my plays here. It just gives me a longer view into my artistic life than I’ve ever had before…I’m starting a conversation with this play, and that conversation is going to continue for a number of years, which is so exciting.