Bruce Norris is a renowned American playwright and actor and is known to be actively involved in the works of Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago. He is also a Pulitzer Prize winner for his play, "Clybourne Park." Norris pursued his education at the Northwestern University, graduating in the theatre. Norris's career took off through various stage plays at theatres such as Broadway, the Steppenwolf Theater, The Victory Gardens Theatre and the Goodman Theatre. Some of the Broadway plays that Norris has performed are, Biloxi Blues by Neil Simon, Wendy Wasserstein's "An American Daughter" and David Hirson's "Wrong Mountain." The inception of Norris's television career saw some roadblocks, as he was cut-off from various television series pilots. Not allowing the rejections to take the better side of him, Norris began writing his first play "The Actor Retires" and was presented at a lesser-known Chicago theatre.
The "WFMT-FM" also did broadcast it as a radio play in the year 1992. Norris produced a series of seven plays at the Steppenwolf Theatre. From the July of 2002 up to the 25th of August of the same year, Norris's "Purple Heart," based on the story of a Vietnam War Widow was presented at the Steppenwolf and was directed by Anna Shapiro. Amy Morton directed "We All Went Down to Amsterdam." The Pain and the Itch, The Qualms, The Unmentionables and A Parallelogram constituted some of his other plays. He also produced some of his plays at venues such as off-Broadway's Playwrights Horizons, Royal Court Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, and the Lincoln Centre. 2015 saw Norris being bestowed with Pulitzer Prize for his "Clybourne Park." Bruce Norris was also presented with numerous awards such as a Whiting Award, a Steinberg Playwright Award, an Oliver Prize and a Tony Award.