Like most producers, I’m looking for ways to increase diversity at my company. I’m guessing you are, too. So I put together (with the help of a bunch of awesome people, especially the excellent Sam Hurwitt) a list of playwrights of color from my neck of the woods, the San Francisco Bay Area. All of these playwrights have scripts ready and waiting for you to read, love, and produce repeatedly. There are even some musical theatre and opera composers included.
And just for fun, I included at the end a list of solo performers you should know about, too, just in case a funder gave you a fat wad of cash to bring one of these awesome people to your area.
If you have anyone to add, you can email me at email@example.com and I’ll put their website on the list!
Philip Kan Gotanda (Of course you already know his work!)
Hey, I know those names!
In fact, that’s mine beneath the photo of JC Lee.
Hooray! Will you only add people who have websites? I have contact info for the other people I sent you but no idea if they have websites.
Yes, only people who have websites or twitter feeds or other public profiles. I followed up on every lead everyone gave me, and many had either left the area or appear to have stopped writing (i.e., have some web presence as a teacher but nothing as a current playwright). I don’t feel comfortable publicizing personal contact info, or publicizing people who may not want to be contacted. If they already have engagement with the web as a playwright, then I’m taking that as a sign that they’re courting the attention. If they’re avoiding making a website, twitter feed, or even a facebook profile, I’m going off the assumption they don’t want to be found. So yes, only playwrights who are currently writing/shopping plays in the Bay Area and have some kind of publicly accessible point of contact.
Loved Ian Walker in “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” had no idea he was a playwright, thanks Melissa!
Oops, and Ian Walker’s The Lullaby Tree is upcoming at The Phoenix Theater.