Lydia R. Diamond

Lydia R. Diamond is a member of the 2006-07 cohort of Huntington Playwriting Fellows. The Huntington’s 2010 hit production of her play Stick Fly produced in association with Arena Stage inspired the 2011 Tony Award-nominated Broadway production. Awards for Stick Fly include the 2012 Outer Circle Critics Nomination – Best Play [Broadway], 2010 IRNE Award for Best Play, 2010 LA Critics Circle Award for Playwriting, 2010 LA Garland Award for Playwriting, 209 LA Weekly Theatre Award for Playwriting, 2008 Susan S. Blackburn Finalist, 2006 Black Theatre Alliance Award, and 2006 Joseph Jefferson Award Nomination for Best New Work. Her other plays include Voyeurs de Venus (2006 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work, 2006 BTAA for Best Writing); The Bluest Eye(2006 Black Arts Alliance Image Award for Best New Play, 2008 American Alliance for Theatre and Education Distinguished Play Award); The Gift Horse (2005 Theodore Ward Prize, Kesselring Prize – 2nd Place); Harriet Jacobs; and Stage Black. Her work has been produced at Arena Stage, Cort Theatre (Broadway), Chicago Dramatists, Company One Theatre, Congo Square, Everyman Theatre Company, Freedom Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Hartford Stage, Jubilee Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Mo’Olelo Performing Arts Company, MPAACT, The New Victory Theater (Off Broadway), Playmakers Repertory Company, Plowshares Theatre Company, Steppenwolf, TrueColors, and Contemporary American Theatre Festival. Commissions include: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville and the Humana Festival of New American Plays, Victory Gardens Theater, Boston University, and Roundabout Theatre Company. Stick Fly and Harriet Jacobs are published by NU Press, The Bluest Eye, Gift Horse, and Stage Black by Dramatic Publishing, and Stick Fly by Samuel French. She was a 2005-06 W.E.B. Du Bois Institute non-resident Fellow, a 2007 TCG/NEA Playwright in Residence at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, a 2012-13 Radcliffe Institute Fellow, a 2012 Sallie B. Goodman McCarter Fellow, and a 2012 Sundance Institute Playwright Lab Creative Advisor. She is currently co-vice president of Theatre Communication Group’s Board of Directors and a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists. Ms. Diamond is a graduate of Northwestern University where she majored in Performance Studies. She has an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Pine Manor College and was on faculty at Boston University.

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