Dominique Morisseau

Dominique Morisseau is a playwright and actress. She received her BFA in acting from the University of Michigan and her start as a performance poet in the Detroit community of Harmonie Park. She has since become a noted award-winning playwright in New York City and has developed a 3-play cycle about her hometown, entitled The Detroit Projects. The inaugural play Detroit ’67, about the riots/rebellion in 1967, originated at The Public Theater/NYSF and extended at Classical Theatre of Harlem with the National Black Theatre. The production was nominated for eight Audelco Theatre Awards including Best Playwright. The second play Paradise Blue, about Detroit’s 1949 jazz community uprooted by urban renewal, was the winner of the L. Arnold Weissberger Award and received development at Williamstown Theatre Festival, McCarter Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, and The Public Theater/NYSF. The third and final play Skeleton Crew, about a makeshift family of workers at the last exporting auto plant in the city, recently received a BareBones production at the Lark Play Development Center. Ms. Morisseau, a recent PoNY (Playwright of New York) fellow, is also generating a substantial body of work independent of the Detroit Cycle: Sunset Baby, Follow Me to Nellie’s, and Blood at the Root. Her work has also been published in The New York Times bestseller – “Chicken Soup for the African American Soul” and in the Harlem-based literary journal “Signifyin’ Harlem.” She is a Jane Chambers Playwriting Award honoree, a two-time NAACP Image Award recipient, honoree for the Primus Prize by the American Theatre Critics Association, and winner of the Stavis Playwriting Award. University of Michigan has also awarded her with their Emerging Leader Award, and the city of Detroit has honored her with a Spirit of Detroit Award. Most substantially, Ms. Morisseau has recently been awarded the esteemed Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama. She is an artist that believes wholeheartedly in the power and strength of community.

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