Garlia Cornelia Jones-Ly

A playwright, photographer and Obie Award winning theatre producer invested in creating and sustaining spaces for Black playwrights and artists across the African Diaspora.

Garlia Cornelia Jones-Ly is an OBIE award-winning Theatre Producer and native Detroiter, and she is no stranger to creating spaces for underrepresented artists of color.  As a freshman at Indiana University, Garlia founded Black Curtain, a group devoted to Black Theatre on the Bloomington campus. Black Curtain’s first production was A Raisin in the Sun, which Garlia directed. In addition to promoting Black Theatre through original and established plays, Black Curtain devoted much of its time to Diversity training and cross cultural communication as well as HIV/AIDS awareness that culminated in a benefit concert, RedVolution, co-hosted by former MTV VJ, Quddus.

In 2010, Garlia was part of a group of producers in Harlem that assembled to discuss ways they could work together. They became Harlem9 and began producing an annual event, “48Hours In… Harlem™”, a spin on the traditional 24-hour play festival.  In 2014, one week before her son was born, Harlem9 won an OBIE for “48Hours In… Harlem™”.  In August 2016, Harlem9 began publishing the plays from the Obie Award winning event. Their first anthology is available on Amazon and Kindle.

Garlia’s writing can be found in The Washington PostThe New York TimesBrain, Child, and HowlRound. Learn more about what Garlia is doing at www.garliacornelia.com. Follow her @garliacornelia on Instagram and Twitter.

Jones-Ly with Baraka.
Dinner with Amiri Baraka
Essay

Dinner with Amiri Baraka

12 February 2014

Before I was a mother, I was a mini-revolutionary. I say was, because I currently feel as if my politics are lost in a world of Elmo and potty-training... That is another story for another post, but after the loss of such a great writer in early January, I have been trying to form the most appropriate words to honor a man whose work encouraged my own in the theater and a man who later encouraged me personally, Amiri Baraka.

A Core of Support
Essay

A Core of Support

Interview with Karen Evans

5 May 2013

Garlia Cornelia Jones-Ly and Almeria Campbell talk to Karen Evans, President and Founder of The Black Women Playwrights’ Group in Washington, DC.

Friday Phone Call # 34
Podcast

Friday Phone Call # 34

Harlem9

28 June 2012