Dan Bernitt is a writer and performer. His solo performances include Yelling at Bananas in Whole Foods; Phi Alpha Gamma; Thanks for the Scabies, Jerkface!; Swan Balloon; The Gayer Show (with Les Kurkendaal); and Moments of Disconnect; and they have been featured in venues internationally: from Minneapolis and Cape Cod to New York and Dublin. He has appeared on public radio stations from Kansas City to Provincetown, as well as a segment for NPR's Studio 360. He has received multiple grants and fellowships from the Kentucky Center for the Arts/Toyota, the University of Kentucky, and the Kentucky Arts Council; most recently, he held a three-month artist residency at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, New Mexico. A recipient of the Robert Chesley Award for Lesbian and Gay Playwriting, both his books, Dose: Plays & Monologues and Phi Alpha Gamma, were named finalists for the Lambda Literary Award.
A Gaines Fellow at the University of Kentucky, he graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Arts Administration. He holds an MFA in Playwriting from The New School, where he studied with Jon Robin Baitz and Christopher Shinn. As a guest artist, he has performed and taught workshops at Kalamazoo College, Earlham College, Bard College at Simon's Rock, Miami University of Ohio, and the University of Kentucky. He serves on faculty at the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts, a program of which he is a graduate.
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