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Keith Josef Adkins

Keith Josef Adkins is a playwright and newly-evolved producer. His plays include Sugar and Needles (slated for a 2011 Impact production at Epic Theater - NYC), The Last Saint on Sugar Hill (slated for a 2011 production at Chicago's MPAACT Theater), The Final Days of Negro-ville, a commission from ACT in Seattle, The Dangerous, a commission from The Public Theater, Safe House, a commission honoring August Wilson from the Alliance Theater, Farewell Miss Cotton (Black Dahlia Theater - Los Angeles), Pitbulls, among others. His recent awards include a 2010 Gateway commission from the Obie Award-winning Epic Theatre, a 2010 A Contemporary Theatre/Hansberry Project Commission, a 2009 New Professional Theater Playwright Award and a 2008 Kesselring Fellowship nomination. Keith worked as a writer on the CW hit comedy Girlfriends. He has blogged on culture and the arts for TheRoot.com and has made radio appearances on NPR, BBC Worldservice Radio, among others. Keith is also co-artistic director of The New Black Fest, a festival of new and provocative works from the Diaspora.

Hands Up
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Hands Up

Testaments From The Policed

11 December 2014

Keith Josef Adkins shares excerpts from Hands Up: 6 Playwrights, 6 Testaments, ten-minute monologues commissioned in response to the recent events in Ferguson and Staten Island.

Creating from the Vanguard
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Creating from the Vanguard

State vs. Zimmerman

26 July 2013

Keith Josef Adkins recounts the verdict of Mark Zimmerman's trial, discussing how New Black Fest commissioned playwrights across the country to write ten-minute plays addressing race and privilege.

Photo from the play Beneatha's Place.
Creating from the Vanguard
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Creating from the Vanguard

The Sanctity of Ownership

25 May 2013

Keith Josef Adkins talks about the ownership of narrative, ownership fatigue, and the privilege of ownership.

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The New Black Fest
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The New Black Fest

13 April 2011

Keith Josef Adkins speaks on his experience working to "diversify within our diversity" and provide fresh black narratives to the canon of American theatre.

Hands Up Series by Keith Josef Adkins
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Hands Up Series by Keith Josef Adkins

Keith Josef Adkins shares excerpts from Hands Up: 6 Playwrights, 6 Testaments, ten-minute monologues commissioned in response to the recent events in Ferguson and Staten Island.

Creating from the Vanguard 
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Creating from the Vanguard 

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