After this reading/discussion group ends, I want to have goals for continuing to read, absorb, and dive into plays by black playwrights. I know there are many more than 12 black playwrights out there, that this group is just getting more educated, and that after this, I need to set goals to continue the work.
So, I researched a total of 45 playwrights, recorded one play title by each (including the first 12 from this reading group), and made a reading grid. A friend of mine requested the list in a written format because I had originally made the post on Instagram.
Here is the Grid. Please please PLEASE download it and share it with EVERYONE YOU KNOW.
Special thanks to Dr. Femi Euba and Dr. John Fletcher, instructors at Louisiana State University who showed me a good deal of these plays in my first year as a Graduate Acting MFA at LSU. And to Alan White, my colleague and friend who helped me edit this and encouraged me to share it with everyone.
Tiffany Gilly (she/her) is doing what she can to be an advocate and ally to Black Artists and People of Color through her art. She is an actor who seeks to support theatre and stories by BIPOC Playwrights. She started this play-reading group in the summer of 2020 in response to the killing of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and the Black Lives Matter Movement to increase the knowledge of plays by non-White Playwrights as a starting point or a stepping stone for other artists.