2016-17 Artistic Programs Apprentice
Nissy Aya is a Black girl from the Bronx. She and all her younger selves tell stories. Nissy has worked in a variety of theater roles for The Fire This Time Festival, Keeping Soul Alive reading series at the National Black Theatre, and Columbia University’s Black Theatre Ensemble. Her play, The Real Housewife of the Big House and Her Lady-in-Waiting was presented by Barnard Theatre Department which led to her becoming the 2015 Dasha Epstein Playwriting Fellow with New York Stage and Film. Her newest play, Silence. is currently in development. Nissy writes about Black women, the intersections of history and memory, and both the absence and presence of love. Her work rewrites History as it pertains to Blackness by centering the fact that historically the Black Woman's voice rarely comes out of a mouth that is her own. B.A. in Drama/Theatre Arts, concentration in Playwriting, from Columbia University.