Dominique Morisseau

2013 Recipient

Field of work: Writing and Acting

Dominique Morisseau, a writer and actress, believes wholeheartedly in the power and strength of community. She is an alumna of the Public Theater Emerging Writer’s Group, Women’s Project Playwrights Lab, and Lark Playwrights Workshop. Among her playwriting credits are: Detroit ’67 (Public Theater; Classical Theatre of Harlem/National Black Theatre), Sunset Baby (Gate Theater- London), andFollow Me To Nellie’s (O’Neill; Premiere Stages). Her produced one-acts include: Third Grade (Fire This Time Festival); Black at Michigan (Cherry Lane Studio/DUTF); Socks, Roses Are Played Outand Love and Nappiness (Center Stage, ATH); love.lies.liberation (The New Group), Bumrush (Hip Hop Theater Festival) and The Masterpiece (Harlem9/HSA).

Ms. Morisseau is currently developing a three-play cycle on her hometown of Detroit, entitled “The Detroit Projects.” Detroit ’67 is the first of the series, followed by Paradise Blue. The later play was developed at the Voice and Vision Retreat in New York, ACT’s Hansberry Project in Seattle, Dartmouth College with New York Theatre Workshop, and McCarter Theatre in Princeton. Ms. Morisseau’s work has also been published in New York Times bestseller, Chicken Soup for the African American Soul and in the Harlem-based literary journal Signifyin’ Harlem. Among her honors, she is a Jane Chambers Playwriting Award honoree, two-time NAACP Image Award recipient, runner-up for the Princess Grace Award, recipient of the Elizabeth George commission from South Coast Rep, commendation honoree for the Primus Prize by the American Theatre Critics Association, winner of the Barrie and Bernice Stavis Playwriting Award, and the 2012 PoNY (Playwrights of New York) Fellow.