Dael Orlandersmith

OBIE Award for Beauty’s Daughter, which she wrote and starred in at American Place Theatre. Toured extensively with the Nuyorican Poets Cafe (Real Live Poetry) throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia. Her play, Monster, premiered at New York Theatre Workshop in November 1996. Attended Sundance Theatre Festival Lab for four summers developing new plays. The Gimmick, commissioned by the McCarter Theatre, premiered on its Second Stage on Stage and went on to the Long Wharf Theatre and New York Theatre Workshop. Yellowman was commissioned by and premiered at the McCarter in a co-production with the Wilma Theater and the Long Wharf Theatre; Vintage Books and Dramatists Play Service published Yellowman and a collection of earlier work. Pulitzer Prize award finalist and Drama Desk award nominee as an actress in Yellowman, which premiered at Manhattan Theatre Club in 2002. Susan Smith Blackburn award finalist with The Gimmick in 1999 and won for Yellowman. Recipient of an NYFA grant, the Helen Merrill Emerging Playwrights award, a Guggenheim, and the 2005 Pen/Laura Pels Foundation Award for a playwright in mid-career. Won a Lucille Lortel Playwrights Fellowship in 2006. In 2007, completed a new commission, called Bones, for the Mark Taper Forum and premiered a new work, The Blue Album, in collaboration with David Cale at Long Wharf. Currently working on a play called Horsedreams and Dancefloors, as well as a memoir, Character. SLC, 2008–

Undergraduate discipline: Theatre
Graduate program: MFA Theatre Program

Courses taught in Theatre


Courses taught in MFA Theatre Program


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