African American & Black

Anna Deavere Smith

Representative Plays:

Let Me Down Easy (2009)
Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 (1994)
Fires in the Mirror (1992)

About the Playwright:

Anna Deavere Smith is an actress, playwright, teacher, and author. Her most recent play and film, Notes from the Field, look at the vulnerability of youth, inequality, the criminal justice system, and contemporary activism. The New York Times named the stage version of Notes from the Field among The Best Theater of 2016 and Time magazine named it...

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...

Amina Henry

Representative Plays:

Hunter John and Jane: A Play with Songs (2015)
Ducklings (2014)

About the Playwright:

Amina Henry is a Brooklyn-based playwright. Productions include: Ducklings at JACK (Brooklyn, NY), The Animals at JACK, Happily Ever at Brooklyn College, Bully at Interrobang Theater (Baltimore, MD), An American Family Takes a Lover, produced by The Cell: a 21stCentury Salon and presented by Theatre for the New City (New York, NY), Water produced by...

Aleshea Harris

Representative Plays:

What To Send Up When It Goes Down (2018)
Is God Is
(2016)

About the Playwright:

Aleshea Harris’s play Is God Is won the 2016 Relentless Award, garnered her an Obie Award for playwriting in 2017, was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and made The Kilroys' List of “the most recommended and underproduced plays by trans and female authors of color” for 2017. Is God Is will be adapted into a film produced by Scott Rudin and A24. What to Send Up When...

Adrienne Kennedy

Representative Plays:

Madame Bovary (2015)
Ohio State Murders (1992)
Funnyhouse of a Negro (1964)

About the Playwright:

Adrienne Kennedy continues to influence the world through her art. She was the recipient of the 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, an Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement Award, the Lila Wallace—Reader's Digest Writers' Award and the American Academy of Arts and Letters in Literature Award. She was also granted a Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Writing,...

Inda Craig-Galván

Representative Plays:

Black Super Hero Magic Mama
a hit dog will holler
I Go Somewhere Else

About the Playwright:

Inda Craig-Galván writes stuff — mostly plays and TV. Her work often explores intra-racial conflicts and politics within the African-American community. Grounded in reality with a touch of magical realism that fucks with time & memories.

Inda's currently developing new works of theatre on commission with Primary Stages, Company One, and The Old Globe.

Produced plays include...

Michael R. Jackson

Representative Plays:

A Strange Loop (2019)

Bio:

Michael R. Jackson holds a BFA and MFA in playwriting and Musical Theatre Writing from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. As a songwriter, he has seen his work performed everywhere from Joe’s Pub to NAMT. He wrote lyrics and co-wrote book for the musical adaptation of the 2007 horror film Teeth with composer and co-bookwriter Anna K. Jacobs. He wrote book, music, and lyrics for the musicals White Girl In Danger and A Strange Loop (which will receive its world premiere at Playwrights...

Katori Hall

Representative Plays:

Tina Turner the Musical (2018)
Hurt Village (2013)
The Mountaintop (2011)

Bio:

Katori Hall is an Olivier Award-winning playwright from Memphis, Tennessee and the showrunner of PUSSY VALLEY, a new Starz series based on her play of the same name. She also wrote the book for Tina, the hit West End musical based on the life and catalog of Tina Turner. Katori's play The Mountaintop, premiering at Theatre503 in 2009, transferred to the West End and won the Olivier...

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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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,...