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Straton is a dramatic writer originally from Sonora, Texas. He is based in the Dallas area.


Recent honors include the Bela Kiralyfalvi Playwriting Award, the Hear Me Out Golden Ear Award, Finalist for the ATHE Judith Royer Excellence in Playwriting Award, and an Honorable Mention in the William Faulkner Literary Competition. His works have been featured with Phoenix Theatre Company, Capital Repertory Theatre, Orpheus Theatre Company, SceneShop, the Festival De La Bête Noire, and other companies around the US and internationally. Recent publications include plays in the Silk Road Review, Apricity Magazine, the Ponder Review and with Smith & Kraus. Straton is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America.


He teaches playwriting and screenwriting. His research interests include the intersections of theatre and gameplay, as well as exploring new modalities of theatre and writing pedagogy. 

Straton holds degrees in Theatre and Philosophy from the University of Texas at Arlington.

He received his MFA in Dramatic Writing at Arizona State University where he was recognized as an Outstanding Graduate for Excellence and Innovation in Creative Practice.

By day, he works as the Sales & Marketing Director for Theatre Arlington. 

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



All production requests can be directed to


"When rising rodeo star Chris Joseph loses everything, he must return to his hometown that has been decimated by the '86 oil bust, and figure out who tried to have him killed."

Icaro, Texas: A Radio Play

Also Available on:

Caprice (dir. Roland Tec)

Grand Prize Winning Performance

2022 Hear Me Our Monologues Festival

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