Cheryl L. West

Cheryl West, Playwright

Photo by Nate Watters

Representative Plays:

Akeelah and the Bee (2015) 
Play On! (1997)
Holiday Heart (1994)


Cheryl L. West was born in Chicago in 1965. She holds three academic degrees, one of which is from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Prior to her work as a playwright, she was a teacher and social worker. She is the recipient of several awards such as the Charlotte B. Chorpenning Playwright Award (2016) honoring the canon of work she has created, the American Alliance For Theatre & Education Distinguished Play Award (2016- Akeelah and the Bee), and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

Source: NYU Contemporary Playwrights of Color


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This playwright profile is part of the BIPOC Playwrights Project, a resource for theater educators and practitioners who are looking for a broader choice of texts and materials. Playwrights listed on this website are not necessarily affiliated with the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at UC Berkeley.