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Bianca Sams

Bianca Sams is an Actor/Writer hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area. She’s a graduate of New York University's Tisch School, where she earned the distinction of being Tisch's first ever Triple Major (Acting, Dramatic Writing, Africana Studies). She is currently finishing her MFA in Playwriting at Ohio University with Charles Smith and Erik Ramsey. Awards and honors include the KCACTF 2013 Lorraine Hansberry (2nd place) and Rosa Parks Award (2nd place) (2013), Kennedy Center/Eugene O’Neill New Play Conference fellow (2013), Jane Chambers Student Playwright Award/Athe (2nd Place, 2013), Ohio University Student Enhancement Award (2013), TRI Research Fellowship at Ohio State University (2014). For more information and samples of her work please go to www.biancasams.com or check out her food blog at www.fingerlickinkitchen.com 

Still from The Dutchman.
In Memory of Amiri Baraka
Essay

In Memory of Amiri Baraka

10 February 2014

Amiri Baraka’s work taught me that as an artist you could be brash, political, irreverent, and even obnoxious if you liked. Baraka’s words could take the audience by the throat, pour gasoline down their gullet, and laugh while striking a match. "Dutchman" is raw, violent, earth shattering, controversial, and politically arresting.