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Dominique Morisseau

Dominique Morisseau, Writer and Actress, is a current member of the 2011 Public Theater Emerging Writer's Group, the Women's Project Playwrights Lab, and a 2011-2012 Lark Playwrights Workshop fellow. Her play, Detroit '67, will receive a rolling world premiere in the 2012-2013 season of the Public Theater and the Classical Theatre of Harlem. In September 2012, her play, Sunset Baby, will have its world premiere at the Gate Theater in London, UK. Dominique's inaugural play, Follow Me To Nellie's, was developed at the 2010 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference and produced at Premiere Stages in July 2011.

Her produced one-acts include: Third Grade (FTT Festival), Black at Michigan (Cherry Lane Studio/DUTF), Socks, Roses Are Played Out and Love and Nappiness (Center Stage, ATH). Dominique's commissions include: love.lies.liberation (The New Group), Bumrush (Hip Hop Theater Festival) and The Masterpiece (Harlem9/HSA). Dominique is currently developing a 3-play cycle on her hometown of Detroit, entitled "The Detroit Projects." The first play in the series, Detroit '67, was developed at The Public Theater and was a finalist for the 2011 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. The second play in the series, Paradise Blue, was developed June 2011 at the Voice and Vision Retreat/Bard.

As an actress, Dominique originated the role of Camae in NYC's original workshop production of Katori Hall's The Mountaintop, and has also performed with BET/Viacom, The Lark, Women's Project, McCarter Theater, NYSAF, and MCC Theater. Her work has been developed with: the Kennedy Center, African Continuum Theater, New York Theatre Workshop and published in NY Times bestseller- Chicken Soup for the African American Soul. Dominique is a Jane Chambers Playwriting Award Honoree, a two-time NAACP Image Award recipient, a runner-up for the 2011 Princess Grace Award, a recipient of the Elizabeth George commission from South Coast Rep, and the 2012 PoNY (Playwrights of New York) Fellow.

The Harlem Way...
Essay

The Harlem Way...

25 June 2012

Dominique Morriseau talks about her personal journey to Harlem, how its rich literary history  paves the way for her writing, and the need to protect it from gentrificaiton.