African American & Black

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...

Derek Lee McPhatter

Representative Plays:

Bring the Beat Back (2017)

Bio:

Derek Lee McPhatter is a writer and producer. Recent plays include This App is Not the Business and Bring the Beat Back. Derek recently completed a Tutterow Fellowship at Chicago Dramatists where he developed Real Talk with Auntie B, a satire on American ambition in the age of social media. He is a 2016-2018 I AM SOUL Resident Playwright at The National Black Theatre (Harlem) which presented his play Serious Adverse Events. 2019 is Derek’s third...

Danai Gurira

Representative Plays:

Familiar (2015)
The Convert (2012)
Eclipsed (2010)

Bio:

Danai Gurira is an award-winning playwright and actress. Danai’s play Familiar received its world premiere at Yale Repertory Theatre directed by Rebecca Taichman. Her play The Convert, a historical drama set in Rhodesia (present day Zimbabwe), received world premiere co-productions through McCarter Theater, the Goodman Theatre, and CTG’s Kirk Douglas Theatre, winning the Stavis Award, LA Drama Critics Award, and six Ovation Awards....

Colman Domingo

Representative Plays:

Dot (2016)
A Boy and His Soul (2009)
Up Jumped Springtime (1998)

Bio:

A 2020 Julliard School Creative Associate, Colman Domingo is a Tony, Lawrence Olivier, Drama Desk, Drama League and NAACP Theatre Award nominated, OBIE and Lucille Lortel Award winning actor, playwright, director and producer. He has been recently celebrated as a Newport Beach Film Festival’s Artist of Distinction and honored by The Vineyard Theatre for his thirty year body of work. Domingo’s hit...

Chisa Hutchinson

Representative Plays:

Somebody’s Daughter (2018)
Dead & Breathing (2017)
Surely Goodness and Mercy (2017)
Alondra Was Here (2013)
She Like Girls (2010)
The Subject (2008)

Bio:

Chisa Hutchinson (B.A. Vassar College; M.F.A NYU - Tisch School of the Arts) is a New York-based playwright and screenwriter. Most recently, her radio drama, Proof of Love, was presented by Audible and New York Theatre Workshop at the Minetta Lane Theater in NYC and can now...

Cheryl L. West

Representative Plays:

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

Bio:

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...

Charles Fuller

Representative Plays:

Zooman and the Sign (1982)
A Soldier’s Play (1981 Pulitzer Prize Winner)
The Brownsville Raid (1976)

Bio:

Charles Fuller was born in Philadelphia. He achieved critical notice in 1969 with The Village: A Party. He later wrote plays for the Henry Street Settlement theatre and the Negro Ensemble Company in New York. His 1975 play The Brownsville Raid, won him critical acclaim. He won an Obie Award for Zooman and the Sign in 1980. His next work, A Soldier's Play, was a critical success,...