African American & Black

Mfoniso Udofia

Representative Plays:

In Old Age (2019)

Her Portmanteau (2018)

Sojourners (2016)

runboyrun (2016)


Mfoniso Udofia's plays, Sojourners, ...

Josh Wilder

Representative Plays:

She A Gem (2019)

Leftovers (2019)


Josh Wilder is a playwright and producer from Philadelphia. His work has been developed; commissioned; and produced at various regional theaters and festivals across the country including The Fire This Time Festival, Classical Theatre of Harlem, New York Theatre Workshop, True Colors Theatre Company, The Kennedy Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 2015 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, PlayPenn, Company One, InterAct Theatre Company, and Yale Rep. Past...

J. Nicole Brooks

Representative Plays:

Fedra: Queen of Haiti (2009)


J. Nicole Brooks is an actor, writer, and director. Recent theatrical credits include Beyond Caring (Lookingglass Theatre Company) and Immediate Family (Mark Taper Forum, Goodman Theatre). Directing credits at Lookingglass include: Thaddeus & Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure (co-directed with Krissy Vanderwarker), Mr. Rickey Calls A Meeting, and Black Diamond. She is author of Fedra: Queen of Haiti, Black Diamond: The Years...

Christina Anderson

Representative Plays:

How to Catch Creation (2019)

Blacktop Sky (2017)

The Methuen Drama Book of Post-black Plays (2012)


Christina Anderson’s plays include How to Catch Creation, pen/man/ship, The Ashes Under Gait City, Man in Love, Blacktop Sky, Hollow Roots, and Drip. Her work has appeared at The Public Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Penumbra Theatre Company, Playwrights Horizons, and other theaters in the United States and Canada. Awards and honors: Inaugural Harper Lee Award...

Nikkole Salter

Representative Plays:

In the Continuum (2008)


Nikkole Salter is an OBIE Award-winning actress and dramatist. Her plays include In The Continuum (NY Outer Critics Circle's John Gassner Award for Best New American Play, 2006; Helen Hayes Award, 2007), Repairing a Nation, Of Great Merit, Carnaval, Lines in the Dust and Freedom Riders. Ms. Salter is a 2014 MAP Fund Grant recipient, a Theatre Hall of Fame Seldes-Kanin Fellowship awardee, and a recipient of the Global Tolerance Award from the Friends of the United...

Lisa B. Thompson

Representative Plays:

Monroe (2018)

Underground (2017)

Watch (2016)

Mother's Day (2009)


Lisa B. Thompson is an award winning playwright, scholar, and professor of African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of three books, Beyond The Black Lady: Sexuality and the New African American Middle Class (University of Illinois Press, 2009), Single Black Female (Samuel French Inc. 2012), and Underground...

Dael Orlandersmith

Representative Plays:

Until the Flood (2018)

Black N Blue Boys/Broken Men (2012)

Yellowman (2002)

Beauty's Daughter (1995)


Dael Orlandersmith (Playwright and Performer) first performed Stoop Stories in 2008 at The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival and Apollo Theater’s Salon Series; Washington, D.C.’s Studio Theatre produced its world premiere in 2009. Her play Monster...

Jalisa Leelee Jackson

Representative Plays:

Comb Your Hair (Or You'll Look Like a Slave) (2017)

About the Playwright:

Jalisa "Leelee" Jackson’s ​ work aligns itself with the lives of Black womxn postmodernity and sets out to both challenge and entertain theatre goers to better understand micro and macro aggression towards and within marginalized people groups of the African diaspora. In 2017, her play ​Comb Your Hair (Or You'll Look Like a Slave)​ was honoured and performed at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival national competition. Jalisa “...

Timothy DuWhite

Representative Plays:

Neptune (2018)


Timothy DuWhite is a writer, poet, playwright, performance artist, and activist. His work is both brave and exhilarating, and directly addresses difficult and controversial issues such as HIV, state sanctioned violence, racism, and queerness.

He has performed at the United Nations/UNICEF, Apollo Theater, Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe, Bowery Poetry Club, Dixon Place, La Mama Theater, Issue Project Room, on the behalf of Adidas and many more. He has delivered keynote speeches and appeared at...

Tracey Scott Wilson

Representative Plays:

Buzzer (2016)
The Story (2004)


Tracey Scott Wilson's current work includes The Story, which was first produced at The Joseph Papp Public Theater/NYSF, and transferred to the Long Wharf Theatre. The Story has since been produced at thirty theatres nationwide. Additional productions include Order My Steps for Cornerstone Theater's Black Faith/AIDS project in Los Angeles; and Exhibit #9, produced in New York City by New Perspectives Theatre and Theatre Outrageous; Leader of the People produced at New...