African American & Black

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...

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...

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-...

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...