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Erika Dickerson-Despenza

 
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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), ... (read complete bio)
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Birth Place: Chicago, IL

Bio:
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), ... (read complete bio)
 

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Finalists, winner Benedict Lombe and 2021 winner Erika Dickerson-Despenza  Photo

Finalists, winner Benedict Lombe and 2021 winner Erika Dickerson-Despenza

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Finalists, winner Benedict Lombe, 2021 winner Erika Dickerson-Despenza and Executive Director Leslie Swackhamer

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Winner Benedict Lombe and 2021 winner Erika Dickerson-Despenza   Photo

Winner Benedict Lombe and 2021 winner Erika Dickerson-Despenza

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Candis C. Jones and Erika Dickerson-Despenza

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Erika Dickerson-Despenza Biography

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/Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, 2021). Currently, Erika is developing a 10-play Katrina Cycle, including [HIEROGLYPH] and SHADOW/LAND, focused on the effects of Hurricane Katrina and its state-sanctioned, man-made disaster rippling in & beyond New Orleans.

Erika Dickerson-Despenza Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 2022 - Outstanding Play
Erika Dickerson-Despenza, cullud wattah
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2022 - John Gassner Award
Erika Dickerson-Despenza, cullud wattah

Erika Dickerson-Despenza News

VIDEO: See Clips from CULLUD WATTAH At Victory Gardens Photo VIDEO: See Clips from CULLUD WATTAH At Victory Gardens
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 24, 2022

Victory Gardens Theater preesents the final show in its 2021/22 Mainstage Season, the regional premiere of cullud wattah, written by Erika Dickerson-Despenza and directed by Lili-Anne Brown. 

2nd Annual Antonyo Award Nominations Announced - See The Full List! Photo 2nd Annual Antonyo Award Nominations Announced - See The Full List!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 21, 2022

The 2nd Annual Antonyo Award nominations from the 2021-2022 Broadway and Off-Broadway season have been announced! See the full list here!

Photos: First Look At CULLUD WATTAH At Victory Gardens Photo Photos: First Look At CULLUD WATTAH At Victory Gardens
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 20, 2022

On June 19, 2022, Victory Gardens Theater opened the regional premiere of cullud wattah, written by Erika Dickerson-Despenza and directed by Lili-Anne Brown. 

Review: cullud wattah at Victory Gardens Theater Photo Review: cullud wattah at Victory Gardens Theater
by Rachel Weinberg - Jun 19, 2022

In cullud wattah, Erika Dickerson-Despenza compellingly weaves the personal and political. The play is ultimately a narrative of resilience as the women in the play struggle with environmental racism and to econcile with the tension between their desire for justice (especially in ainee’s case) and the will to survive and make enough money to pay their bills.

The Public Theater Announces 2022-2023 Season Featuring Five World Premieres & More Photo The Public Theater Announces 2022-2023 Season Featuring Five World Premieres & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 14, 2022

The Public Theater announced the schedule today for The Public’s 2022-23 Season at the Public Theater. Learn all about the shows, schedule and how to get tickets.

COMPANY, SIX & More Win 2022 Drama Desk Awards - See the Full List! Photo COMPANY, SIX & More Win 2022 Drama Desk Awards - See the Full List!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 8, 2022

Winners for the 66th Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced today. See the full list here! This year’s Drama Desk Awards will take place at Sardi’s Restaurant on June 14th. See who was honored from Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off Broadway.

See League of Chicago Theatres' Summer Theater Guide, Featuring Black Ensemble Theate Photo See League of Chicago Theatres' Summer Theater Guide, Featuring Black Ensemble Theater, Goodman Theatre & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 25, 2022

 Chicago will continue to produce some of the most exciting work in the country this summer. Offerings from the city’s more than 250 producing theatres include a wide variety of plays and musicals, as well as comedy, dance, and outdoor events.    

Lynn Nottage & More to Take Part in the Launch of the Lorraine Hansberry Initiative Photo Lynn Nottage & More to Take Part in the Launch of the Lorraine Hansberry Initiative
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 20, 2022

Today, The Lillys announced the launch of the Lorraine Hansberry Initiative, which aims to honor the great American playwright and civil rights leader’s legacy while investing in those following in her footsteps.

The Lilly Awards Foundation Announces The Launch Of The Lorraine Hansberry Initiative Photo The Lilly Awards Foundation Announces The Launch Of The Lorraine Hansberry Initiative
by Stephi Wild - May 20, 2022

Today, The Lillys announced the launch of the Lorraine Hansberry Initiative, which aims to honor the great American playwright and civil rights leader's legacy while investing in those following in her footsteps.

Actor's Express Announces URINETOWN, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH and More for Season 35 Photo Actor's Express Announces URINETOWN, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH and More for Season 35
by A.A. Cristi - May 17, 2022

Actor's Express announces its 35th Season of dynamic, entertaining work, including a World Premiere and co-production with Oglethorpe University Theatre. In addition to the six-show subscription season, AE continues its foray into podcasts and also welcomes back its perennially popular cabaret partnership with Atlanta icon Libby Whittemore.

Erika Dickerson-Despenza Videos

VIDEO: See Clips from CULLUD WATTAH At Victory Gardens VideoVIDEO: See Clips from CULLUD WATTAH At Victory Gardens
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 24, 2022

Victory Gardens Theater preesents the final show in its 2021/22 Mainstage Season, the regional premiere of cullud wattah, written by Erika Dickerson-Despenza and directed by Lili-Anne Brown. 


Erika Dickerson-Despenza Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Erika Dickerson-Despenza written?
Erika Dickerson-Despenza has written 1 shows including Cullud Wattah (Playwright).

What awards has Erika Dickerson-Despenza been nominated for?
Outstanding Play (Drama Desk Awards) for cullud wattah and John Gassner Award (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for cullud wattah .