Jacqueline E. Lawton
Jacqueline E. Lawton is a playwright, dramaturg, producer, and advocate for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the American Theatre. Her plays include: Anna K; Blood-bound and Tongue-tied; Deep Belly Beautiful; The Devil’s Sweet Water; The Hampton Years; Intelligence; Love Brothers Serenade (2013 semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference); Mad Breed; and Noms de Guerre. Ms. Lawton received her MFA in Playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a James A. Michener Fellow. She is a 2012 TCG Young Leaders of Color award recipient and a National New Play Network (NNPN) Playwright Alum as well as a member of Arena Stage's Playwrights' Arena and Center Stage’s Playwrights Collective. Currently, she works as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dramatic Art at the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, and a dramaturg at PlayMakers Repertory Company. She is also a proud member of the Dramatist Guild of America.
In this piece, Triple Play project leads Tory Bailey and Brad Erickson respond to selections of a conversation between playwrights Laura Jacqmin and Jacqueline Lawton.
Jacqueline Lawton interviews Acting Artistic Director of Theater J, Shirley Serotsky.
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As an African American woman playwright from a poor, working class, racist, country town in East Texas, I learned early in life that I am part of a community of people whose voices have been silenced, whose image has been exaggerated and misrepresented, and whose legacy has been erased and exploited. White playwrights, male and female, need to understand that they are writing within a legacy of the people responsible for having done those things to people of color. Neither legacy is fair. They come with unshakable, palpable, and visible burdens.