About

Photograph by Steve Roberts.

Dan Bernitt is an American author, playwright, and performer.

His solo performances include Yelling at Bananas in Whole FoodsPhi Alpha Gamma; and Thanks for the Scabies, Jerkface!; among others.

Since 2004, his work has been featured in theatre festivals and performance series across the United States, as well as in Ireland and Italy. He has received artist development grants from Kentucky Performing Arts in conjunction with Toyota Manufacturing, an Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council, and an artist-in-residence grant from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico. A recipient of the Robert Chesley Award for Lesbian and Gay Playwriting, his books, Dose: Plays & Monologues and Phi Alpha Gamma, were named finalists for the Lambda Literary Award.

He holds an MFA in Playwriting from The New School and a BA in Arts Administration from the University of Kentucky. In addition to a wide-ranging administrative career with positions in marketing, communications, publishing, and human resources, he has taught creative writing at Amherst College and Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts. He currently serves as assistant professor of literature and languages at Christian Brothers University. He lives in Memphis.