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Chisa Hutchinson

Having never even seen a play until high school, Chisa Hutchinson caught up mighty fast by earning a BA in Dramatic Arts from Vassar College and an MFA in Playwriting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has since been commissioned to write several plays and has even written a few just for kicks, including Dirt Rich (Summer Stage); She like Girls (the Lark Play Development Center, Working Man’s Clothes Productions); This is not the Play (Mad Dog Theater Company, Cleveland Public Theater); Sex on Sunday (the Lark Play Development Center, the BE Company); Tunde's Trumpet (Summer Stage, BOOM Arts); The Subject (Atlantic Theater Company, Playwrights’ Foundation, Victory Gardens, Partial Comfort, and Rattlestick Theater); Mama's Gonna Buy You (Inge Center for the Arts); Somebody's Daughter (Cherry Lane, Second Stage), Alondra was Here (the Wild Project); The Wedding Gift (Contemporary American Theater Festival, Forward Flux); and Dead & Breathing (the Lark Play Development Center, Contemporary American Theater Festival, National Black Theater).

Chisa has been a Lark Fellow, a Dramatists Guild Fellow, a Resident at the William Inge Center for the Arts, a staff writer for the Blue Man Group and an ensemble member of the New York Neo Futurists. She’s won a GLAAD Award, a Lilly, a New York Innovative Theatre Award, the Paul Green Award, a Helen Merrill Award, and a Lanford Wilson Award. Currently, she is a Humanitas Fellow, the Tow Foundation Fellow at Second Stage, and a proud fourth year member of New Dramatists.

Let Them Speak
Essay

Let Them Speak

It’s Time to See More Works from Women Writers of Color on Stages Across America

14 January 2017

Playwright Chisa Hutchinson and Artistic Director Wesley Frugé discuss the current climate for work by playwrights of color, and advocate producing more work by women writers of color.

Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence
Essay

Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence

Chisa Hutchinson

21 October 2016

Chisa Hutchinson writes about her residency at Second Stage.