Don Nguyen is a Vietnamese refugee, born in Saigon, Vietnam, and relocated to Lincoln, Nebraska at the age of three.  Don studied theatre at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and served as the Artistic Director of the Shelterbelt Theatre in Omaha from 1999-2003.  He is currently based out of New York City.  

In addition, Don’s work has been developed or produced at The Public Theater, Roundabout Theatre Company, Alley Theatre, ACT, Ma-Yi Theatre, The Playwrights Realm, The Flea, New York Stage & Film, Naked Angels, Labyrinth Theater Company, The Civilians, The Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Joe’s Pub, and SPACE on Ryder Farm.  

Don was awarded a Bogliasco fellowship in Italy and is the recipient of the 2015 GAP Prize from the Aurora Theatre and New York Stage & Film Founder’s award and has been a finalist for The O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, The Princess Grace Award, the Jonathan Larson Grant and The Woodward International Playwriting Prize.  Nominations include: the Laurents/Hatcher award and the L. Arnold Weissberger Award and a Gregory Award outstanding play nomination for SOUND.

Taking advantage of excellent hotel lighting
Writing in my room at the Bogliasco Foundation, Italy