African American & Black

Ed Bullins

Representative Plays:

Clara's Ole Man (1968)
In the Wine Time (1968)
The Fabulous Miss Marie (1971)

About the Playwright:

Edward Artie Bullins (July 2, 1935 – November 13, 2021), sometimes publishing as Kingsley B. Bass Jr, was an American playwright. He won awards including the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award and several Obie Awards. Bullins was associated with the Black Arts Movement and the Black Panther Party, for which he was the minister of culture in the 1960s.

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Andrea Hairston

Representative Plays:

Soul Repairs
Lonely Stardust
Hummingbird Flying Backward
Dispatches
Archangels of Funk

About the Playwright:

Andrea Hairston is a novelist, playwright, and scholar. Aqueduct Press published: Will Do Magic For Small Change, a New York Times Editor’s pick and finalist for the Mythopoeic, Lambda, and Otherwise Awards; Mindscape, winner of the Carl Brandon Award; and Lonely Stardust, a collection of essays and plays. Her play...

Jackie Sibblies Drury

Representative Plays:

Fairview (2018)
Social Creatures (2013)
We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884–1915 (2012)

Bio:

Jackie Sibblies Drury is a Brooklyn-based playwright. Her critically acclaimed play Fairview premiered in 2018 at Soho Rep. Other plays include We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa,...

Ianne Fields Stewart

Representative Plays:

A Complicated Woman (2019)

Bio:

Ianne Fields Stewart (pronouns: she/her/they/them) is a black, queer, and transfeminine New York-based storyteller. Ianne's work is divided into three platforms: the platform they stand on as a performer; the platform they build amongst others as a cultural competency consultant and community organizer; and the platform they build for others to stand on as a playwright, director, teaching artist, and choreographer. As a performer, Ianne has...

Harrison David Rivers

Representative Plays:

Five Points (2018)
This Bitter Earth (2017)
Sweet (2016)
Salvagers (2014)
The Sea and the Stars (2014)

Bio:

HARRISON DAVID RIVERS is the winner of the 2018 Relentless Award for his play the bandaged place (New York Stage & Film).

His produced plays include: When Last We Flew (GLAAD Media Award, NYFringe Excellence in Playwriting Award, NYFringe, Diversionary Theatre, TheatreLAB, Real Live Theatre), Sweet (AUDELCO nomination for Best Play, National Black...

George C. Wolfe

Representative Plays:

Jelly’s Last Jam (1991)
The Colored Museum (1986)

Bio:

Playwright and artistic director George C. Wolfe was born on September 23, 1954 in Frankfort, Kentucky. Wolfe attended the Rosenwald Laboratory School, where he discovered an interest in staging and directing. As a teenager, Wolfe attended a summer theater workshop at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and began directing plays. Wolfe graduated from Pomona College in 1976 with a B.A. in theater. He wrote and directed his first play,...

France-Luce Benson

Representative Plays:

Deux Femmes on the Edge de la Revolution (2017)
The Devil's Salt (2016)
Boat People (2015)

Bio:

France-Luce Benson is a Haitian-American playwright and actress. After graduating with her BA in Acting from Florida International University, France-Luce moved to New York to pursue her career as an actress. However, when she moved to New York she found there were far less parts for her than she had anticipated, and unnerved by the lack of representation, began her transition into her writing...

Donja R. Love

Representative Plays:

Fireflies (2018)
Sugar in Our Wounds (2018)

Bio:

Donja R. Love is an Afro-Queer playwright, poet, and filmmaker. He's the 2017 Princess Grace Fellow, a Eugene O’ Neill 2017 National Playwrights Conference finalist, The Lark's 2016 Van Lier New Voices Playwriting Fellow, The Playwrights Realm’s 2016-2017 Writing Fellow, and the 2016 Arch and Bruce Brown Playwriting Award recipient. His work has been developed at Manhattan Theatre Club, Rising Circle Theatre, The Lark, and The Playwrights Realm. He’s the co-...

Donnetta Lavinia Grays

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)

Bio:

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...

Dominique Morisseau

Representative Plays:

Confederates (2020)
Paradise Blue (2020)
Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations (2017)
Pipeline (2017)
Skeleton Crew (2016)
Detroit 67' (2003)

Bio:

Dominique Morisseau is the author of The Detroit Project (A 3-Play Cycle) which includes the following plays: Skeleton Crew (Atlantic Theater Company), Paradise Blue (Signature Theatre), and Detroit ’67 (Public Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem and NBT). Additional plays include: Pipeline...