Welcome to the BIPOC Playwrights Project, a website dedicated to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) playwrights of the 20th and 21st centuries, whose works are in English or with English translations widely available.
This site is intended to serve as a resource for theater educators and practitioners looking for a broader choice of texts and materials. Each playwright profile includes a list of representative plays, a brief bio, and links to online texts or resources in UC Berkeley library databases (accessible to students, faculty, and staff with a CalNet ID). The directory of playwrights is by no means exhaustive and continues to be a work in progress.
- Please consider purchasing texts by these playwrights from BIPOC-owned bookstores. Here is a list of Black-owned bookstores in the U.S. and here is a list of Black- and Indigenous-owned bookstores in Canada and the U.S.
- Leyla Modirzadeh established this educational resource with support from the Lecturer Teaching Fellows Program at UC Berkeley and many others noted at the bottom of this page.
- If you have any questions or feedback, please contact Leyla at firstname.lastname@example.org
A maximum of 120 playwrights will be displayed at one time. Select a filter option below to view all playwrights under a particular keyword.
Note: Keywords may reflect playwrights' expressed identity, heritage, and/or nationality, and are not mutually exclusive. These keywords are solely intended as an organizational tool. They are not intended to fully represent the complex identities of each individual.
Mission Magic Mystery Tour (2003)
A Bowl of Beings (1992)
The Mission (1988)
Culture Clash is a performance troupe that currently...Read more about Culture Clash (Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas, and Herbert Sigüenza)
Fierce Love: Stories from Black Gay Life (1991)Bio:
PostModern African American Homosexuals (Pomo Afro Homos) was an African-American gay identified three man performance troupe founded in San Francisco, CA in 1990...Read more about Postmodern African-American Homosexuals (Pomo Afro Homos)
Leftovers (Shillak) (2017)Bio:
A lawyer by education, Sagar took his first theatre lessons in Progressive Dramatic Association, Pune in 1999. Acting is his main strength while he has also been writing and directing intermittently....Read more about Sagar Deshmukh
Shantata! Court Chalu Aahe! (Silence! The Court is in Session!) (1967)Bio:
Vijay Tendulkar (7 January 1928 – 19 May 2008) was a leading Indian playwright, movie and television writer, literary essayist, political...Read more about Vijay Dhondopant Tendulkar
UC Berkeley Library
- Resources that are accessible to UC Berkeley affiliates through library databases (CalNet login required)
- 50 Playwrights Project: A Digital Space for Latin@ Theatre
- Alternative Canon: Non-Western Plays by BIPOC, Women, and Queer Writers
- The Kilroys' List: An annual list featuring new plays by women, trans, and non-binary writers of the American theatre
- Ma Yi Theater Company Writers Lab: Developing new plays by Asian American writers
- Middle Eastern American Writers Lab at The Lark Theatre
- NYU's Contemporary Playwrights of Color Website
- The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: How To Decolonize the Creative Classroom By Felicia Rose Chavez (2021)
- Audition Speeches for Black, South Asian and Middle Eastern Actors: Monologues for Men Edited by Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway (2016)
- Audition Speeches for Black, South Asian and Middle Eastern Actors: Monologues for Women Edited by Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway (2016)
- Contemporary Plays by African American Women: Ten Complete Works Edited by Sandra Adell (2015)
- Contemporary Plays from Iraq Translated and Edited by A. Al-Azraki and James Al-Shamma (2017)
- Inside/Outside: Six Plays from Palestine Edited by Naomi Wallace and Ismail Khalidi (2015)
- Iranian Drama: An Anthology Edited by M.R. Ghanoonparvar (1989)
- The Kilroys List: 67 Monologues and Scenes by Women and Nonbinary Playwrights, Volume 2 Edited by Annah Feinberg for The Kilroys (2020)
- Modern Arabic Drama: An Anthology Edited by Salma Khadra Jayyusi and Roger Allen (1995)
- Modern Armenian Drama: An Anthology Edited by Nishan Parlakian and S. Peter Cowe (2001)
- Monologues for Actors of Color: Men Edited by Roberta Uno (2016)
- Monologues for Actors of Color: Women Edited by Roberta Uno (2016)
- Monologues for Latino/a Actors: A Resource Guide to Contemporary Latino/a Playwrights for Actors and Teachers Edited by Micha Espinosa (2014)
- The Oberon Book of Monologues for Black Actors : Classical and Contemporary Speeches from Black British Plays — Monologues for Women, Volume 1 Edited by Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway (2013)
- Short Arabic Plays: An Anthology Edited by Salma Khadra Jayyusi (2002)
Leyla would like to extend a special thank you to all of the generous people who made this website possible:
Darren Blaney, Tim Bond, Jeannette Buck, Brandi Catanese, Ping Chong, Valerie Curtis Newton, Ben Dillon, Michelle Douskay, Alvin Eng, Ariel Estrada, Leigh Henderson, Sawyer Henderson, Esther Lee, Ericka Li, Zihan Loo, Philip Gotanda, Tiffany Miller, Joe Salvatore, Ryan Sloan, Talvin Wilks, Lisa Wymore, and Torange Yeghiazarian
The Lecturer Teaching Fellows Program at UC Berkeley
The kind students of Theater 10: Fundamentals of Acting I (Spring 2020)