Kendra Ann Flournoy
2018-19 Artistic Programs Apprentice
Kendra Ann Flournoy is a playwright, artist, and educator from Detroit. She received her BA in English and MFA in Playwriting from Western Michigan University (WMU). Kendra’s plays have been staged in Kalamazoo, Detroit, and Chicago. For the past six years, she has been deeply rooted in the arts community in Kalamazoo, MI. There, she co-founded The Black Arts & Cultural Center’s Face Off Theatre Company (FOTC), a theater company devoted to producing gripping stories and fostering the development of theater artists. FOTC recently partnered with WMU’s Department of Theatre in hosting the Black Lives, Black Words College Takeover, which Kendra curated. Kendra thoroughly believes that theater is about truth telling and creating pathways to community dialogue, understanding, and transformative experiences. She is passionate about fashioning fresh, provocative, textured worlds that capture the richness and complexity of Black culture. Elements of folklore and magical realism are frequently explored in her writing. She is excited about relocating to New York City with her husband, J. Gabriel, and working with The Lark in their efforts to support playwrights and to promote diversity and equity within the world of theater.