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Dietz is one of America's most widely-produced and published contemporary playwrights. Since 1983, his thirty-plus plays have been seen at over one hundred regional theatres in the United States, as well as Off-Broadway. International productions have been seen in England, Japan, Germany, France, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Austria, Russia, Italy, Slovenia, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Greece, Singapore, Thailand and South Africa. His work has been translated into ten languages.
Mr. Dietz's latest play, Rancho Mirage (Edgerton New Play Award, 2013), is currently receiving a National New Play Network "rolling world premiere", with productions at the Olney Theatre Center (Maryland), New Rep (Boston), Phoenix Theatre (Indianapolis) and Curious Theatre Company (Denver).
Mr. Dietz is a two-time winner of the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award, for Fiction (produced by Roundabout Theatre Company, Off-Broadway), and Still Life with Iris; as well as a two-time finalist for the Steinberg New Play Award, for Last of the Boys (produced by Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago), and Becky's New Car. He received the PEN USA West Award in Drama for Lonely Planet; the 2007 Edgar Award® for Drama for his widely-produced Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure; and the Yomuiri Shimbun Award (the Japanese "Tony") for his adaptation of Shusaku Endo's novel Silence. His acclaimed conspiracy thriller, Yankee Tavern, was a National New Play Network featured play. He has received new play commissions from the Guthrie Theater, Steppenwolf Theater, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, McCarter Theatre (Princeton), ACT Theatre (Seattle), Arizona Theatre Company, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, and San Jose Repertory Theatre, among many others.
Other widely produced plays include Shooting Star, Inventing Van Gogh, God's Country, Private Eyes, The Nina Variations, Trust, Rocket Man, Halcyon Days, Ten November, Foolin' Around with Infinity and More Fun Than Bowling. Other award-winning stage adaptations include Force of Nature (from Goethe), Over the Moon (from P.G. Wodehouse), The Rememberer (from Joyce Simmons Cheeka), Paragon Springs (from Ibsen), Dracula (from Bram Stoker), Go, Dog. Go! (with Allison Gregory, from P.D. Eastman), and two of Dan Gutman’s baseball card adventures – Jackie and Me, and Honus and Me.
Mr. Dietz's work as a director has been seen at many of America's leading regional theatres. He has directed premiere productions of new plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville's Humana Festival, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company, Northlight Theatre (Chicago), ACT Theatre (Seattle), San Jose Repertory Theatre, City Theatre Company (Pittsburgh), Westside Arts (Off-Broadway), and the Sundance Institute, among many others. He was a resident director for ten years at the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis, where he also served as artistic director of Midwest PlayLabs. In Austin, he regularly directs at ZACH Theatre.
Mr. Dietz’s widely-reprinted articles -- most of which were first seen in American Theatre Magazine -- include “Doom Eager: Writing What We Need to Know”, “Developed to Death”, “An Audience Manifesto”, and “A Modest Proposal: On Training Directors for the New Century.”