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Keith Josef Adkins

Keith Josef Adkins

Keith Josef Adkins is a playwright, screenwriter and artistic director. His plays include The People Before The Park, about the 19th century black community Seneca Village that was razed to create Central Park. It premiered at Premiere Stages in Fall 2015. His play Pitbulls received its world premiere Off-Broadway at Rattlestick Theater, NYC, in November 2014. His play Safe House received its world premiere October 2014 at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park with a subsequent production at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (Winter 2015) and will receive its west coast premiere in November at Aurora Theatre in Berkeley. His play The Last Saint on Sugar Hill received its New York City premiere in 2013 at Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theater in NYC and its world premiere with MPAACT Theatre in Chicago. Other plays include The Fight of a Migrant, The Dangerous, Sugar and Needles, and The Final Daze, among others.  His worked has been developed at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, New York Theatre Workshop, the Public Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Center Theatre Group, among others. Keith is a 2015 Helen Merrill Playwright Award recipient, a 2016 NYFA Playwriting Finalist , and a 2014 Teer Spirit Award recipient. His short play Potato Salad (adapted from Charles Fuller’s Zooman and the Sign) appears in the Obie-Winning 48 Hours in Harlem’s first anthology. In TV and film, Keith is currently developing a feature film for James Franco’s Rabbit Bandini Productions. He was recently in development with Kingsize Productions (The Good Wife, BrainDead) for a new drama series and his horror screenplay The Turnpike was recently slated at this year’s 20th anniversary of the Urbanworld Film Festival. Keith is also the co-founder and  artistic director of The New Black Fest, an organization dedicated to new and provocative playwriting and discussion from the African Diaspora.  The New Black commissioned and curated Facing Our Truth, HANDS UP and UN-TAMED (co-curated with playwright Dominique Morisseau), and has partnered with Segal Theatre at CUNY Graduate Center, National Black Theatre, The Lark, 651 ARTS in Brooklyn, and BRIC in Brooklyn. The New Black Fest also co-founded the American Slavery Project. 

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