Gordon Dahlquist is a native of the Pacific Northwest, where he worked for several years writing and directing plays. Since 1988 he has lived in New York. He has been a member of New Dramatists, and is a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect. His works include: Messalina (Evidence Room, Los Angeles), text for Babylon Is Everywhere: A Court Masque (CINE, Schaeberle Theatre; to be published in Theatre Magazine), Delirium Palace (Evidence Room, Los Angeles; published in Breaking Ground), The Secret Machine (Twilight Theatre Company at Soho Rep), Vortex du Plaisir (Ice Factory '99 Festival at the Ohio Theatre, WKCR's Manhattan Theatre of the Air), Island of Dogs (4th Street Theatre), Severity's Mistress (Soho Rep Theatre, New York University, winner of Primary Stages' Bug & Bub award), Mission Byzantium! (American Globe Theater, NYTW's Just Add Water Festival) and Reticence (Horace Mann Theatre).
He has written and directed several experimental films, including Boise and Beyond (selected for the San Francisco International Film Festival), Requiem (Seattle International Film Festival), and the feature-length Rope of Blood (Northwest Film and Video Festival). He is a graduate of Reed College and Columbia University's School of the Arts. He received a Garland Playwriting Award for Delirium Palace, and the Joe Calloway Award from New Dramatists.