Dominic Orlando, television writer and playwright, died of cancer on November 17, his family and the CAA have announced. He was 57 years old.
Born in Brooklyn on Christmas Day 1963, Orlando led an artistic life from an early age. He began his career in New York theater, where he co-founded the No Pants Theater Company in 1992, a company that aimed to explore America’s large-scale mythological and spiritual histories. After New York he moved to Minneapolis where he co-founded the Workhaus collective during the Jerome and McKnight Fellowships at the Playwrights’ Center. The company’s mission was to support the uncompromising vision of its authors. Over the years Orlando has written numerous plays and operas and has taught theater.
Eventually, Orlando moved to Los Angeles, where he pursued a career in television and wrote for shows like the Amazon series “Them”, “Outer Range”, FX’s “Retreat”, Netflix’s “The OA”, “Mindhunter” and “Nightflyers”, a series based on the work of George RR Martin.
The Orlando family said the writer died doing what he loved most, as he prepared for the first day of a TV room hours before his death. He is survived by his mother Lillian, his brothers John and Steven and the wife of Steven Sara, a niece, nephews and cousins.
Instead of flowers or gifts, the Orlando family are asking people to consider donating to the Dominic Orlando Fund, which was established by Friends and the Playwrights’ Center. Proceeds from the fund will be used to support writers who create their own unique path in the arts.