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Aleshea Harris is a playwright, spoken word poet and educator who received an MFA in Writing for Performance from California Institute of the Arts. She is currently working on projects commissioned by American Conservatory Theater and CalArts’ Center for New Performance.
Her work as a playwright has been presented many places including: the Costume Shop at American Conservatory Theater, Playfest at Orlando Shakespeare Theater, freeFall Theatre Company, VOXfest at Dartmouth, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and L’École de la Comédie de Saint-Étienne, National Drama Center in France. Her play, Road Kill Giant, was among 300 nominees to The List of “excellent new plays” compiled by The Kilroys in 2014.
Aleshea’s poetry has been featured at RedCat Theater for CalArts’s Tedx Conference, as part of La Fête du Livre at La Comèdie de Saint-Étienne, at the Skirball Center and in the 2015 anthology, The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop.
Harris has instructed at the Marcia P. Hoffman Institute of Performing Arts, The Royal Theater Boys and Girls Club, Youth Arts Corps, and The Patel Conservatory. Harris currently teaches in the School of Theatre at CalArts, and through CalArts’ Community Arts Partnership (CAP).

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Merle Dandridge, Regina Taylor, Andre Royo & More to Star in IS GOD IS Staged Reading Presented by Lobby Theatre

Lobby Theatre will debut for the first time in Los Angeles with a staged reading of Aleshea Harris’s Obie Award-winning play, ‘IS GOD IS,’ starring Merle Dandridge, Jayme Lawson, Regina Taylor, and Dominique Thorne.

Three World Premieres & More Set for New York Theatre Workshop 2023/24 Season

New York Theatre Workshop has announced its 2023/24 Season, the first programmed by Artistic Director Patricia McGregor. See full programming and see how to purchase tickets!

A Red Orchid Theatre Extends IS GOD IS

A Red Orchid Theatre will be extending its current production: the Chicago premiere of Is God Is by Aleshea Harris, directed by Marti Gobel. 

World Premiere of Michael R. Jackson & Anna K. Jacobs' TEETH & More Set for Playwrights Horizons 2023-24 Season

Playwrights Horizons has announced its 2023-24 season, featuring six new productions. Learn how to purchase tickets!

Sanaz Toossi's ENGLISH Wins 2023 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

The Pulitzer Prize Board has just announced that English, by Sanaz Toossi has won the 2023 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Other finalists included: On Sugarland by Aleshea Harris and The Far Country by Lloyd Suh.

2023 Hermitage Greenfield Prize Celebrates Rennie Harris, Sandy Rodriguez, Aleshea Harris, Angélica Negrón, Sanford Biggers, and More

The annual Hermitage Greenfield Prize (HGP) Dinner on Sunday, April 16th honored dancer-choreographer Lorenzo 'Rennie' Harris and visual artist Sandy Rodriguez. This was the culmination of a weekend-long celebration of events, hosted by the Hermitage Artist Retreat (Andy Sandberg, Artistic Director and CEO) in partnership with the Greenfield Foundation.

Soho Rep's 2023 Gala Will Honor Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

For its 2023 Spring Fête, Soho Rep will honor Obie winner, MacArthur Fellow, two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, and Soho Rep board member Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, in a performance-packed evening directed by Raja Feather Kelly.

The Center For Fiction And TCG Present STORY/TELLER ARTS: Will Arbery And Chloé Cooper Jones With Leslie Jamison

The Center for Fiction, a 200-year-old literary nonprofit that has created an immersive home for readers and writers in downtown Brooklyn, and Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, will co-present Story/Teller Arts: Will Arbery and Chloé Cooper Jones with Leslie Jamison on April 12 at 7pm ET at The Center for Fiction, 15 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217, and via livestream.

Complete Cast and Creative Team Set for THE COTILLION World Premiere at A.R.T./New York

New Georges and The Movement Theatre Company will present The Harriet Holland Social Club Presents The 84th Annual Star-Burst Cotillion in the Grand Ballroom of The Renaissance Hotel written and directed by Colette Robert.

PUBLIC OBSCENITIES Extends for a Second and Final Time at Soho Rep

Soho Rep and the NAATCO National Partnership Project have announced a one-week final extension of the world premiere production of Public Obscenities. See how to purchase tickets!

The Center For Fiction and Theatre Communications Group Present Story/Teller Arts: An Evening With Taylor Mac

 The Center for Fiction, a 200-year-old literary nonprofit that has created an immersive home for readers and writers in downtown Brooklyn, and Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, will co-present Story/Teller Arts: An Evening with Taylor Mac.

Celebration Arts Presents WHAT TO SEND UP WHEN IT GOES DOWN By Aleshea Harris

Celebration Arts continues its 2023 Season with its second production, WHAT TO SEND UP WHEN IT GOES DOWN, by Aleshea Harris.

Oakland Theater Project Presents the Bay Area Premiere of IS GOD IS

A smash hit Off-Broadway in 2018 and a runaway success in London's West End, Aleshea Harris' multi-award-winning play, Is God Is, is finally making its Bay Area debut in an all-new production at Oakland Theater Project.

Cast Announced for IS GOD IS Chicago Premiere at A Red Orchid Theatre

A Red Orchid Theatre has announced the cast for the Chicago Premiere of Is God Is by Aleshea Harris, directed by Marti Gobel. 

World Premiere of PUBLIC OBSCENITIES Extends at Soho Rep

Soho Rep and the NAATCO National Partnership Project have announced a two-week extension of the world premiere production of Public Obscenities, a bilingual play performed in Bangla and English from writer-director Shayok Misha Chowdhury, co-commissioned and produced by the two organizations.

Hermitage Announces New Programs in March in Partnership With Asolo Rep and Embracing Our Differences

These diverse and exciting programs, along with previously announced events through April, add expanded community reach and engage broad audiences throughout the Gulf Coast.

WOLF PLAY to Extend for a Final Time Through Early April at MCC Theater

MCC Theater has announced a final, two-week extension due to popular demand of Soho Rep’s Wolf Play, in collaboration with Ma-Yi Theater Company.

MCC Theater & The Movement Theatre Company to Present PlayLab Staged Reading of QUICK SERVICE

MCC Theater and The Movement Theatre Company will present a PlayLab staged reading of Quick Service by May Treuhaft-Ali and directed by Cristina Angeles.

AMANI Extends for One Week at Rattlestick Theater

National Black Theatre has announced a one week extension of AMANI - the first mainstage co-production of its 2022-2023 programmatic 55th season themed Love, A Ritual Of Repair.

Hermitage Announces Full Schedule Of Events For 2023 Hermitage Greenfield Prize Weekend

The Hermitage Artist Retreat announces full line-up of events for 2023 Hermitage Greenfield Prize Weekend, a celebration of art and dance, commemorating the 15th year of the prize and 20th anniversary season of the Hermitage live events April 14-16.


Pulitzer Prize for Drama (The Pulitzer Prize) for On Sugarland and Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play (Drama League Awards) for Is God Is .

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