was three times awarded the distinguished MacDowell Colony Fellowship for Playwrighting and is a winner of the National Repertory Theatre Playwrighting award. His screenplays with co-writer Lupos Sobre-Vega include “Sign Language," “Sun Moon Stars," “January One," “I.D.," “Rock & Roll Radio” and "Two of Hearts."
He is the author of the stage plays“The New Bijou Soft Shoe," produced at Symphony Space, New York and the Odyssey Theatre, Los Angeles and “The Chair at the End of the Room," for which he won the National Repertory Theatre award. He is co-author of the play “And Flights of Angels Sing Thee" and co-creator of two television series, “There Goes the Neighborhood” and “Street Time”.
Represented as a playwright by the legendary Audrey Wood of the Ashley-Famous Agency (later ICM), and Helen Harvey in New York, and as a screenwriter by Ilse Lahn of the Paul Kohner Agency in Los Angeles, he is currently represented by Leroy Bobbitt of Bobbitt and Roberts in Los Angeles.
Deacon-Wren was Associate Artistic and Managing Director of South Coast Repertory where he directed Harold Pinter’s “The Birthday Party," “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder and “Feiffer's People," among others. He was founding Artistic Director of the experimental performance venue Open End Theatre where his productions included “All the Lonely People", “What If” and “Adventures in a Paper Bag."
He has directed over 60 productions in college, community and professional theatre including the North American stage premiere of "The Little Prince" based on the St. Exupery classic which played the outdoor amphitheatre at St. Andrews Benedictine monastery in the California desert, “The Night of the Iguana," “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds," “The Caretaker," “Mother Earth” and “All the King’s Men."
Founding artistic director of the Summer Music Repertory where he directed three musicals, his productions of Shakespeare have been part of the Chapman, Utah, Oregon and New Jersey Festivals.