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Erika Dickerson-Despenza

Erika Dickerson-Despenza


Erika Dickerson-Despenza is a Blk, queer feminist poet-playwright and cultural-memory worker from Chicago, Illinois. Awards: Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Finalist (2021), Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award (2020), Thom Thomas Award (2020), Lilly Award (2020), Barrie and Bernice Stavis Award (2020), Grist 50 Fixer (2020), Princess Grace Playwriting Award (2019). Residencies & Fellowships: Tow Playwright-in-Residence at The Public Theater (2019-2020), U.S. Water Alliance National Arts & Culture Delegate (2019), New York Stage and Film Fellow-in-Residence (2019), New Harmony Project Writer-in Residence (2019), Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellow (2018-2019), The Lark Van Lier New Voices Fellow (2018). Communities: BYP100 Squad Member, Ars Nova Play Group (2019-2021), Youngblood Collective (EST). Commissions: The Public Theater, Studio Theatre & Williamstown Theatre Festival. Productions: cullud wattah (originally slated at The Public Theater, 2020; Victory Gardens Theater, 2021), [hieroglyph] (San Francisco Playhouse, 2021). 

Updated 2/8/2021

Erika Dickerson-Despenza Events
cullud wattah
cullud wattah
cullud wattah
Playground: Fall 2018
Shadow/land
[hieroglyph]
The New Black Fest at The Lark 2019
[hieroglyph] by Erika Dickerson-Despenza at the San Francisco Playhouse
Shadow/Land by Erika Dickerson-Despenza, an audio play from The Public Theater
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