Donnetta Lavinia Grays

Donnetta Lavinia Grays, Playwright

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Representative Plays: 

Where We Stand (2018)
Laid To Rest (2015)
Last Night And The Night Before (2014)
The New Normal (2010) 
The Cowboy is Dying (2008) 


Donnetta Lavinia Grays (Gap Toothed Griot) — raised in Columbia, South Carolina — is a Brooklyn based playwright. Her plays include WHERE WE STAND (2020 Lucille Lortel Nominee - Outstanding Solo Show and Drama League Award Nominee - Distinguished Performance. World Premiere Co-production - WP Theater and Baltimore Centerstage. O’Neill Center National Playwrights Conference Semifinalist.), WARRIORS DON’T CRY (Theaterworks USA/Bushnell commission), LAST NIGHT AND THE NIGHT BEFORE (World Premiere - Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Kilroys List. Colorado New Play Summit. National New Play Network New Play Showcase. Todd McNerney National Playwriting Contest Winner. Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference Semifinalist.), LAID TO REST (Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow Finalist, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference Finalist. Kilroys - List Honorable Mention. Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep. Space on Ryder Farm Creative Residency.), THE REVIEW OR HOW TO EAT YOUR OPPOSITION (WP Pipeline Festival. Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference Finalist.) THE NEW NORMAL and THE COWBOY IS DYING. Donnetta is a 2020 Helen Merrill Playwright Award recipient, a 2020 Lilly Award recipient, is the 2019 National Theater Conference Barrie and Bernice Stavis Playwright Award recipient, and is the inaugural recipient of the Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award. She is a former Space on Ryder Farm Working Farm Resident, is Time Warner Foundation WP Playwrights Lab alumna, a Civilians R&D Group alumna, an Actors Studio Playwright/Directors Unit alumna, and a terraNova Collective Groundbreakers Playwright group alumna. Currently, she is developing work at Hedgebrook (*Covid Class). Her work has been previously developed with New Harmony Project, Ground Floor Berkeley Rep, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, The Labyrinth Theater Company, New York Theater Workshop, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Portland Stage Company, Pure Theatre Company, [the claque], Naked Angels, Classical Theater of Harlem, Slant Theater Project, terraNova Collective, Theatre 4 the People, TOSOS, The Group Lab and Coyote REP. Donnetta is currently under commission from Steppenwolf, The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and WP Theater. For television she has been staffed on Spectrum Original/Lionsgate’s "Manhunt" and is currently staffed on "Y: The Last Man" for FX Network/Color Force and "Joe Exotic" starring Kate Mckinnon for NBC Universal. Proud member of WGA and The Dramatist Guild of America. Donnetta is also an accomplished and award winning actor.



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