African American & Black

Caleen Jennings

Representative Plays:

Queens Girl in Africa (2018)
Queens Girl in the World (2015)
Classy Ass (2005)

Bio:

Caleen SInnette Jennings is a professor of Theatre at American University. She is also a faculty member of the Folger Shakespeare Library's Teaching Shakespeare Institute. She has 8 plays that have been published by Dramatic Publishing Company, and more whihc have been published in multiple anthologies. These plays include Elsewhere in Elsinore: The Unseen Women of Hamlet, Inns and Outs, Playing Juliet/...

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Representative Plays:

Appropriate (2016 Pulitzer Prize Finalist)
Gloria (2015 Pulitzer Prize Finalist)
An Octoroon (2014)
Neighbors (2010)

Bio:

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins was born in Washington, D.C. on December 29, 1984. He graduated high school as Valedictorian and went on to study Anthropology at Princeton University from which he graduated in 2006. In 2007, he earned a Masters in Performance Studies from NYU. That same year he started work in the New Yorker's fiction...

Aziza Barnes

Representative Plays:

BLKS (2019)

Bio:

Aziza Banres is the winner of the 2015 Pamet River Prize; her first full length collection, i be but i ain’t, is from YesYes Books, 2016. Her first chapbook, me Aunt Jemima & the nailgun, was the inaugural winner of the Exploding Pinecone Prize from Button Poetry. She is a Cave Canem Fellow, co-founder of The Conversation Literary Festivaland co-host of the podcast, The Poetry Gods. Aziza is a graduate of New York University, member of The Dance Cartel and...

Aurin Squire

Representative Plays:

Zoohouse (2016)
To Whom It May Concern (2015)
Obama-ology (2014)

Bio:

Aurin Squire is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and reporter. He is a recipient of the 2014 Lecomte du Nouy Prize from Lincoln Center and the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwright Fellowship at The Juilliard School. In 2013 his drama Freefalling was produced at Barrington Stage Company and won the 2013 Fiat Lux Award from the Catholic Church’s Theatre Conference. In 2014 Squire won the...

August Wilson

Representative Plays:

The Piano Lesson (1987)
Fences (1985)
Joe Turner's Come and Gone (1984)
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (1982)

Bio:

August Wilson, born Frederick August Kittel, Jr, was a renouned American playwright. In 1968, Wilson set up the Black Horizon Theater with Rob Penny where his first plays, Recycling and Jitney, were performed. In 1976 Sizwe Banzi is Dead – his first professional play – was performed at the Pittsburgh Public Theater....

Antoinette Nwandu

Representative Plays:

Pass Over (2017)

Bio:

Antoinette Nwandu is a New York-based playwright who was born and raised in Los Angeles. Her play Pass Over made its New York debut at LCT3/Lincoln Center in 2018. A filmed version of the Jeff Award-winning Steppenwolf production—directed by Spike Lee—premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and at SXSW, and is currently streaming on Amazon Prime. Victory Gardens produced the World Premiere of her play Breach: a manifesto on race in america through the eyes of a black girl recovering from...

Anna Deavere Smith

Representative Plays:

Let Me Down Easy (2009)
Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 (1993)
Fires in the Mirror (1992)

Bio:

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 one of the Top 10...

Amina Henry

Representative Plays:

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

Bio:

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 Drama of Works (...

Aleshea Harris

Representative Plays:

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

Bio:

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 It Goes Down...

Star Finch

Representative Plays:

Bondage (2018)
H.O.M.E. (Hookers On Mars Eventually) (2017)
Participants/Take the Ticket (2016)

Bio:

Star Finch is a native San Franciscan trying her best to hold ground amidst the Black-erasure of gentrification. She is currently the Mellon Foundation Playwright in Residence at Campo Santo and Crowded Fire Theater. She’s also a resident playwright at Playwrights Foundation. Finch’s plays include H.O.M.E. [Hookers on Mars Eventually] and BONDAGE (Relentless Award...