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Aleshea Harris

Aleshea Harris’s Is God Is (dir. Taibi Magar at Soho Rep) won the 2016 Relentless Award, an Obie award for playwriting, the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. What to Send Up When It Goes Down had its critically-acclaimed NYC premiere (dir. Whitney White, produced by The Movement Theatre Company), toured DC and Boston in fall of 2019, was featured in American Theatre Magazine’s April ’19 issue and is part of the 2020 Under the Radar festival. Harris was awarded the Next Step Award from Samuel French and has commissions with Playwrights Horizons, Center Theatre Group and the Almeida Theatre. Upcoming: What to Send Up When it Goes Down…at Playwrights Horizons, summer of 2020. Is God Is, The Royal Court, summer 2020.

Aleshea Harris onstage
"in this fine suit"

"in this fine suit"

On Being a Black Playwright in the American Theatre

19 January 2020

Playwright Aleshea Harris reflects on the tensions of being a Black theatremaker and "negotiating bodily presence" in a speech at the 2020 Under the Radar Festival Professional Symposium.