LGBTQIA+

Talvin Wilks

Representative Plays:

Bread of Heaven (1994)
Tod, the Boy, Tod (1993)
The Trial of Uncle S&M (1990)

Bio:

Talvin Wilks is a playwright, director and dramaturg. His plays include Tod, the boy, Tod, The Trial of Uncle S&M, Bread of Heaven, and An American Triptych. Directorial projects include the world premiere productions of UDU by Sekou Sundiata (651Arts/BAM), The Love Space Demands by Ntozake Shange (Crossroads), No Black Male Show/Pagan Operetta by Carl Hancock Rux (Joe's Pub/The...

Robert O’Hara

Representative Plays:

Booty Candy (2014)
Brave Blood (2001)
Insurrection: Holding History (1999)

Bio:

Robert O'Hara has received the NAACP Best Director Award, the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play, 2 OBIE Awards and the Oppenheimer Award. He directed the World Premieres of Nikkole Salter and Dania Guiria’s In the Continuum, Tarell McCraney’s The Brother/Sister Plays (Part 2), Colman Domingo’s Wild with Happy as well as his own plays, BootyCandy and ...

Postmodern African-American Homosexuals (Pomo Afro Homos)

Representative Plays:

Fierce Love: Stories from Black Gay Life (1991)

Bio:

PostModern African American Homosexuals (Pomo Afro Homos) was an African-American gay identified three man performance troupe founded in San Francisco, CA in 1990 by Eric Gupton, Brian Freeman, and Djola Branner. Eric Gupton was a singer and a dancer who was born in Boston in 1960. He attended Antioch College in Ohio where he earned a Master’s degree in theater. He moved to San Francisco in 1984 where he would meet Brian Freeman. Brian Freeman...

Nissy Aya

Representative Plays:

righteous kill: a requiem (2020)

Bio:

Nissy Aya is a Black girl from the Bronx. She joined The Lark as the 2016-2017 Artistic Programming apprentice and now serves as the Artistic Coordinator. She is a writer, educator, and cultural worker who believes in the transformative nature of storytelling and sees theatre as a tool to create social change by empowering disenfranchised communities to unapologetically portray their whole selves on stage. She is a trained facilitator on topics surrounding the...

Matthew Lopez

Representative Plays:

The Inheritance (2018)
The Legend of Georgia McBride (2017)
The Sentinels (2011)
Somewhere (2011)
The Whipping Man (2009)

Bio:

Matthew Lopez is the author of The Whipping Man, one of the most widely produced new American plays of the last several years. The play premiered at Luna Stage in Montclair, NJ and debuted in New York at the Manhattan Theatre Club. The production was directed by Doug Hughes and starred Andre Braugher. The sold-out...

Marcus Gardley

Representative Plays:

House That Will Not Stand (2014)
Every Tongue Confess (2010)

Bio:

Marcus Gardley is a poet-playwright. He was the 2012 James Baldwin Fellow and the 2011 PEN Laura Pels award winner for Mid-Career Playwright. The New Yorker describes Gardley as “the heir to Garcia Lorca, Pirandello and Tennessee Williams.” His play The House that Will Not Stand was commissioned and produced by Berkeley Rep and had subsequent productions at Yale Rep and the Tricycle Theater in London. He is an ensemble member...

Korde Arrington Tuttle

Representative Plays:

Graveyard Shift (2018)
clarity (2016)

Bio:

Korde Arrington Tuttle (Playwright) is a multi-disciplinary artist from Charlotte, NC. His work has been seen at Ojai Playwrights Conference, The Fire This Time Festival, HomeBase Theatre Collective, The Movement Theatre Company, 2015’s AfroFuturism Conference and The Tenth Magazine. Tuttle is a recipient of the Steinberg Playwriting Fellowship and a finalist for both 2017 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Contest and City...

Keelay Gipson

Representative Plays:

#NewSlaves (2017)
What I Tell You in the Dark (2016)

Bio:

Keelay Gipson is a multi-disciplinary artist including work as an actor, filmmaker, director and award-winning playwright. His play, What I Tell You in the Dark, was recently selected as a Premiere Stages Playwriting Festival Finalist. His work as a playwright has been seen at the Wild Project, Poetic Theater Productions, HERE Arts Center, 133rd Street Arts Center, The Theater at Alvin Ailey, Tom Noonan's Paradise Factory...

Jonathan Norton

Representative Plays:

My Tidy List of Terrors (2011)
penny candy (2010)

Bio:

Jonathan Norton is a playwright and theater-maker based in Dallas,Texas. His work has been produced or developed by Dallas Theater Center, PlayPenn, InterAct Theatre Company, Pyramid Theatre Company, Black and Latino Playwrights Conference, Bishop Arts Theatre Center, Kitchen Dog Theater, Undermain Theatre, South Dallas Cultural Center, the National Performance Network, and the National New Play Network. Jonathan’s play Mississippi Goddamn was a...

Jordan E. Cooper

Representative Plays:

Ain’t No Mo (2019)

Bio:

Jordan E. Cooper is an award-winning playwright who lives in Brooklyn and is currently obtaining his BFA degree at The New School For Drama. His last play Black Boy Fly was voted 'Best New Play' by BroadwayWorld.Com. He can be seen starring in the critically acclaimed feature film WOLF, which is now available on Amazon and iTunes. His musical Alice Wonder premiered in concert previously this year at 54 Below.

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