Straton is a playwright, lyricist and actor originally from west Texas, and currently based out of Dallas-Fort Worth. His plays have been used by the Drama Desk-Nominated Emerging Artist’s Theatre, SceneShop, Capital Repertory Theatre, Otherworld Theatre, Maverick Theatre Company, Focal Theatre Lab, Nouveau 47 at the Margo Jones Theatre, The Player’s Theatre, TheatreWorks New Milford, Stage Writers (Dallas), Camp Death Productions, The Guinea Pig and several other companies around the US. In 2020 his play Round the Decay was published in Bridge: The Bluffton University Literary Journal. The previous year, he was invited to the Kennedy Center’s Playwriting Intensive. As an actor, he has worked on several professional world premieres including, Josefina Lopez’s Hypsteria with TeCo Theatrical and Red Cotton: The Birth of Black America with Dynamic Arts at Theatre Three. He is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America. Straton holds degrees in Theatre and Philosophy from the University of Texas at Arlington where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.


In the fall of 2020, he will begin working towards his MFA in Dramatic Writing at Arizona State University. 

You can find several of Straton's titles on New Play Exchange.

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" This playwright has a story to tell… Rushing’s play requires no suspension of disbelief.  You WILL believe." - Jed Ryan, Lavender After Dark on Hal and His Atomic Ray Gun

"... Hilarious..." - Jill Sweeney, TheatreJones, Douglas: The Play at Fort Worth Fringe Fest 

" ... Rushing whose dialogue is both natural and surprising. His writing takes us into the pivotal moment of these two friends' relationship in a way that immediately draws you in showcasing both characters vulnerable and determined sides." Broadway World Front Desk on Countdown