WME Signs Playwrights Dan LeFranc and Sarah Burgess (Exclusive)

Dan LeFranc Sarah Burgess Split - H 2015
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Dan LeFranc Sarah Burgess Split - H 2015

They are coming from ICM Partners and Gersh, respectively.

WME has two new scribes in its roster, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.

Dan LeFranc has recently transitioned from the stage to the small screen. He was a staff writer on the first season of The Affair, sharing a WGA nomination with the rest of the Showtime drama’s writers room, and he is now executive story editor on HBO’s upcoming Steve McQueen limited series Codes of Conduct.

Before that, LeFranc received four Lucille Lortel Award and one Drama Desk nomination for his 2011 play The Big Meal and was named the 2010 New York Times Outstanding Playwright for Sixty Miles to Silver Lake (which THR reviewed in 2013 when it was staged by Los Angeles’ IAMA Theatre Company). His most recent play, Troublemaker, or The Freakin Kick-A Adventures of Bradley Boatright, premiered at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in 2013.

LeFranc was previously at ICM Partners. He continues to be managed by Grandview.

Sarah Burgess’ new play Dry Powder, directed by Hamilton’s Thomas Kail, will receive its world premiere at the Public Theater next March 1. Her other plays include Camdenside, Earthsiege: Commence and FAIL: Failures, and she was among the team of young writers on the Woodshed Collective’s site-specific adaptation of The Tenant. A member of the Women’s Project Playwrights Lab, she has served as a writer-in-residence at the Cape Cod Theatre Project and SPACE on Ryder Farm and also written for Naked Angels’ monthly podcast series Naked Radio.

Burgess was previously at Gersh.