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Thulani Davis

 
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Thulani Davis is an interdisciplinary artist and historian, whose work includes poetry, theater works and cultural criticism. Her work as a dramaturg includes Anna Deavere Smith’s Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities, and Twilight Los Angeles, 1992, and foundational ... (read complete bio)
 
Thulani Davis Headshot

Bio:
Thulani Davis is an interdisciplinary artist and historian, whose work includes poetry, theater works and cultural criticism. Her work as a dramaturg includes Anna Deavere Smith’s Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities, and Twilight Los Angeles, 1992, and foundational ... (read complete bio)

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Thulani Davis Biography

Thulani Davis is an interdisciplinary artist and historian, whose work includes poetry, theater works and cultural criticism. Her work as a dramaturg includes Anna Deavere Smith’s Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities, and Twilight Los Angeles, 1992, and foundational work on Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. Davis wrote the libretti for Anthony Davis’s X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X, and his Amistad, and many other musical works. Her forthcoming operas are The Little Rock Nine by Bernadette Speach, and Fire Across the Tracks: Tulsa 1921 by Anthony Davis. Her produced plays include: Everybody’s Ruby: Story of a Murder in Florida, The Souls of Black Folk: An Oratorio for Five Actors, the adaptation for George C. Wolfe’s production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle, and Where the Mississippi Meets the Amazon, with Shange and Jessica Hagedorn. Davis wrote the book and lyrics for The Sojourner Washing Society, A Musical in Gospel & Blues, with Steven Robinson. She has written the scripts for several narrative films, and award-winning documentaries. The author of six books, she has two new works: Nothin but the Music (2020), and The Emancipation Circuit: Black Activism Forging a Culture of Freedom, forthcoming from Duke University Press. She is a professor and a Nellie Y. McKay Fellow in Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.






Thulani Davis News

Thulani Davis, Wadada Leo Smith & the Kikuyu Ensemble to Join a Nights of Poetry and  Photo Thulani Davis, Wadada Leo Smith & the Kikuyu Ensemble to Join a Nights of Poetry and Music at Harlem Stage
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 17, 2023

Harlem Stage is continuing its season-long series Black Arts Movement: Examined with an evening convening playwright, journalist, librettist, novelist, poet, and screenwriter Thulani Davis; Pulitzer Prize-nominated trumpeter and composer Wadada Leo Smith; and Smith’s Kikuyu Ensemble.

Ford's Theatre Legacy Commissions to Include Works By Cleage, Taylor and Hinds; Readi Photo Ford's Theatre Legacy Commissions to Include Works By Cleage, Taylor and Hinds; Readings Set for Next Month
by Blair Ingenthron - Jan 14, 2023

Ford's Theatre Society has announced its lineup and directors of new works to receive premiere readings in February 2023 as a “First Look” of the Lincoln Legacy Commissions.

Seattle Opera Announces 60th Anniversary Season Featuring DAS RHEINGOLD, THE BARBER O Photo Seattle Opera Announces 60th Anniversary Season Featuring DAS RHEINGOLD, THE BARBER OF SEVILLE & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 10, 2023

Seattle Opera has announced its 2023/24 season, which celebrates the company’s 60th anniversary. To mark the occasion, Seattle Opera offers a range of titles spanning nearly all of opera’s history, from the eighteenth century to the 1980s.

THE VILLAGE! A DISCO DAYDREAM to Return to Dixon Place For Monthlong Run in February Photo THE VILLAGE! A DISCO DAYDREAM to Return to Dixon Place For Monthlong Run in February
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 4, 2023

The Village! A Disco Daydream will return to Dixon Place next month after sold-out premiere run last fall. The encore engagement will be performed for four weekends staring on Thursday, February 2 at 7:30 PM and running through Friday, February 24.

Listen: PARADISE SQUARE Composer Shares Cast Album Tracks Amid the Show's Legal Battl Photo Listen: PARADISE SQUARE Composer Shares Cast Album Tracks Amid the Show's Legal Battles
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 3, 2023

The Broadway musical Paradise Square had announced that it would be releasing an original Broadway cast recording this past summer. Amid the delayed release of the cast album, Paradise Square's composer Jason Howland released 13 tracks on his Instagram.

Harlem Stage Announces Spring 2023 Programming Featuring THE VICKSBURG PROJECT World  Photo Harlem Stage Announces Spring 2023 Programming Featuring THE VICKSBURG PROJECT World Premiere & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 13, 2022

Harlem Stage has announced full programming for Spring 2023, continuing its Black Arts Movement: Examined series examining the 1960s/70s cultural movement led by Black artists, activists, and intellectuals.

THE VILLAGE, A DISCO MUSICAL! by Nora Burns Extended at Dixon Place Photo THE VILLAGE, A DISCO MUSICAL! by Nora Burns Extended at Dixon Place
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 14, 2022

The Village, A Disco Musical! is extending its hit engagement at Dixon Place after its first week of sell-out performances. Originally scheduled to run through Saturday, October 15, the production will add performances on Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22 at 7:30 PM.

THE VILLAGE, A DISCO MUSICAL! Opens Tonight at Dixon Place Photo THE VILLAGE, A DISCO MUSICAL! Opens Tonight at Dixon Place
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 6, 2022

Dixon Place will present The Village, A Disco Musical! for a limited run engagement opening tonight – Thursday, October 6 – and running through Saturday, October 15. A meta musical comedy filled with high jinx, low kinks, and go-go boys, the show features a cast of ten diverse actors and dancers. 

Harlem Stage Announces 2022-23 Season Featuring BLACK ARTS MOVEMENT: EXAMINED & More Photo Harlem Stage Announces 2022-23 Season Featuring BLACK ARTS MOVEMENT: EXAMINED & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 13, 2022

Harlem Stage has announced highlights of its 2022-2023 season, whose centerpiece is a seven-event series devoted to deepening and unpacking understandings of the Black Arts Movement, its intersections with the larger Black Power Movement, and its historic and cultural relevance in today’s America.

Dixon Place to Present THE VILLAGE, A DISCO MUSICAL! by Nora Burns in October Photo Dixon Place to Present THE VILLAGE, A DISCO MUSICAL! by Nora Burns in October
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 6, 2022

Dixon Place will present The Village, A Disco Musical! for a limited run engagement from October 6 - 15, 2022. Set in New York City in 1979, The Village is loosely based on Our Town (if Thornton Wilder had lived on Christopher Street).

Thulani Davis Videos

VIDEO: Joaquina Kalukango Discusses Being Grateful to Be Back on Stage in PARADISE SQ Videoplay
VIDEO: Joaquina Kalukango Discusses Being Grateful to Be Back on Stage in PARADISE SQUARE Post-Show Speech

by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 20, 2022

Paradise Square officially resumed performances last night, April 19, after briefly going dark due to COVID cases within the cast. Joaquina Kalukango gave a speech after last night's performance, where she talked about being grateful to be back on stage.

VIDEO: Get A First Listen To 'I'd Be A Soldier' From PARADISE SQUARE Videoplay
VIDEO: Get A First Listen To 'I'd Be A Soldier' From PARADISE SQUARE

by BWW Staff - Oct 15, 2021

BroadwayWorld has a first listen to 'I'd Be A Soldier' from Paradise Square -which begins previews February 22, 2022 at Broadway's Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street), where it opens March 20, 2022.


Thulani Davis Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Thulani Davis written?
Thulani Davis has written 2 shows including The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Adaptation), Everybody's Ruby (Playwright).