David Auburn (born 1969) is an American playwright. He was born in Chicago, and raised in Ohio and Arkansas. He attended the University of Chicago and was awarded a degree in English literature. Following a fellowship with Amblin Entertainment, he moved to New York City and spent two years in The Juilliard School's playwriting program, studying under the noted dramatists Marsha Norman and Christopher Durang. His first full-length play, Skyscraper, ran off-Broadway in 1997. His short play, What Do You Believe About The Future? appeared in Harper's Magazine and has since been adapted for the screen.
Auburn is best known for his 2000 play, Proof. It won the 2001 Tony Award for Best Play, as well as the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Auburn has adapted it into a film, which was released in 2005. He has also been awarded the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His most recent work is the screenplay for the movie The Lake House, to be released by Warner Bros. in June 2006.
He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.