Donja R. Love
2016-17 Van Lier New Voices Fellow
Donja R. Love is a Philadelphia born and raised Afro-Queer playwright, poet, and filmmaker. Artistically driven by what his mother told him when he came out, “As a parent, all you want is for your child to live an easy life, but you won’t. Your life will be hard, because there are millions of people in this world who don’t even know you and want you dead”, his work examines identity by unapologetically dramatizing the multifaceted nuance of Blackness and Queerness - and challenges the white supremacist, heteronormative structures that exist in American culture.
He’s the 2011 Philadelphia Adult Grand Slam Poetry Champion, and 2010 recipient of the Life Media Award for Best New Play runner-up (The Dead N---- Poem). His work has been featured in multiple festivals, The Advocate, Glaad, NBC, and many other publications.
He's the co-host of Broadway Black's podcast Off-Book, which highlights the work of Black artists on and off the Broadway stage. He’s the co-founder of Ademide Theatre Ensemble, which strives to strengthen the African-American theatre experience through provocative works that highlight the quality of Black theater; and The Each-Other Project, an organization that helps build community and provide visibility, through art and advocacy, for GBTQ People of Color, (www.TheEachOtherProject.com).
Selected stage-plays include: The Dead N--- Poem (New Dramatists Resident Playwright Semi-finalist), and Sugar In Our Wounds. Selected film work: Modern Day Black Gay (web series), I Hate New York (web series), and The Space Between (short film).
Currently, he's working on a trilogy of plays that explores Queerness during pivotal moments in Black History: the Emancipation Proclamation/Slavery (Sugar In Our Wounds), The Civil Rights Movement, and the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
Love resides in Harlem, NY and teaches playwriting.
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