He won Obie Awards for Sister Mary Ignatius and The Marriage of Bette and Boo, received a Tony nomination for "Best Book of a Musical" for A History of the American Film, and received a Drama Desk nomination for Betty's Summer Vacation. He has also written several screenplays including Beyond Therapy, The Nun Who Shot Liberty Valence, The House of Husbands (which he co-authored with Wendy Wasserstein), and The Adventures of Lola.
Durang has also performed for both stage and screen. As an actor, he appeared in Lauhging Wild in Los Angeles and The Marriage of Bette and Boo in New York (for which he shared an acting ensemble Obie Award). He performed his cabaret Chris Durang and Dawne in numerous venues, earning himself a 1996 Bistro Award. He also appeared with Julie Andrews in the Sondheim review Putting it Together and with Sigourney Weaver in the Brecht-Weill parody Das Lusitania Songspiel -- which they co-wrote.
Durang has been awarded numerous
fellowships and grants including a Guggenheim, a Rockefeller, the CBS Playwriting
Fellowship, the Lecompte du Nouy Foundation Grant, the Kenyon Festival
Theatre Playwriting Prize, and the Lila Wallace Readers Digest Writers
Award. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild Council and is co-chair of
the playwriting program at Juilliard