Dano Madden grew up in Boise, Idaho. His plays have been produced by Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Source Festival, Mile Square Theatre, Burnt Studio Productions, Northwest Playwrights Alliance, Idaho Theatre for Youth, Kitchen Theatre Company, Rutgers University and The University of Tulsa, among others. Mr. Madden's plays have received readings and/or development at Lark Play Development Center, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, Boise Contemporary Theater, Boston Theatre Works and the Last Frontier Theatre Conference. He is a two time Heideman Award finalist. Mr. Madden's Kennedy Center awards include: the 2007 National Student Playwriting Award for In the Sawtooths; the 2008 Quest for Peace Playwriting Award for Beautiful American Soldier; and the 1997 National Short Play Award for Drop.
Published works include: In the Sawtooths and Drop (Samuel French, Inc.), Beautiful American Soldier (Best American Short Plays 2005-2006), Ella (Best American Short Plays 2008-2009), The Save (Playscripts, Inc.), The Soft Sand (Northwest Playwrights Alliance), and several monologues (Smith and Kraus, The Best Men's Stage Monologues and Scenes 2010).
He was the recipient of the 2001 Idaho Commission on the Arts Fellowship in playwriting. In 2007, Mr. Madden was named one of "50 Playwrights to Watch" by The Dramatist magazine. He received his BA from Boise State University and his MFA from Rutgers University. He was the 2008-2009 National New Play Network playwright-in-residence at Interact Theatre Company. He is an adjunct professor of playwriting at Rutgers University and Stockton College. Mr. Madden lives in Hoboken, New Jersey with his favorite person in the world, Lauren.