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PLAYWRIGHT - PRODUCER - EDUCATOR

My stories explore the resilience and strength of the human spirit. My work centers characters of color, highlighting the complexity, diversity and beauty of their lives. I use my platform as a Writer to amplify social justice issues, to inspire activism, and to give voice to people we rarely see on stage and screen.

My plays include FREEDOM SUMMER (North Carolina Black Repertory Company); DANCING ON EGGSHELLS (The Billie Holiday Theatre); PEOLA'S PASSING (Samuel French Off Off Broadway Theatre Festival; New Perspectives Theatre Company; Festival de Teatro Alternativo, Bogota, Colombia); WHEN NIGHT FALLS (Eugene O'Neill semi-finalist; Developed at Rising Circle Theater Collective/INKtank Play Development Lab); GOLD STAR MOTHER (EstroGenius Festival); Ascension (National Black Theatre Festival; New York International Fringe Festival); THUNDER: A MUSICAL MEMOIR (New York International Fringe Festival); NIGHTFALL (The Fire This Time Festival); ROME IN LOVE (48 Hours in…Harlem, The National Black Theatre); IN THIS LIFE (Developed at Quick Silver Theatre Company/Playwrights of Color Summit) ; WHAT IF...? (Conch Shell Productions; The Black Motherhood and Parenting New Play Festival); ROSES OF THE WILLAMETTE: A MUSICAL (in development).

 

Awards and honors include: Eugene O'Neill Theater Center Playwriting Conference (Semi-finalist); The Rivers Writers Unit at The Lark; Playwrights of Color Summit/Quick Silver Theater Company; Rising Circle Theater Collective/INKTank Residency; AUDELCO Award for Excellence in Black Theatre (Nominee); Westchester Community College Foundation Faculty Excellence Award for Scholarship; State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities; Final Forty Playwright, Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play (Finalist); Black and Latino Playwrights Conference (Finalist); Calvin B. Grimes Scholar-in-Residence Inaugural award winner (New York University); Tribeca All-Access Open Stage Inaugural award winner; Best New Play IRNE (Nominee); Thomas Barbour Memorial Playwright’s Award (Finalist). 

 

Publications include : SHE PERSISTED. Monologues from Plays by Women Over 40 (Applause Theatre & Cinema Books); The Book of Estrogenius 2012: A Celebration of Female Voices (Gold Star Mother).

 

I am the Co-director of The Fire This Time New Works Lab, a member of The League of Professional Theatre Women, and a member of The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.

 

I hold a B.A. in English from Syracuse University and an M.A. in English Education from New York University. Post-graduate studies include Trinity College, University of Oxford in the U.K. 

I am an Assistant Professor in the English Department at SUNY/Westchester Community College where I teach Writing, Research, Literature and Modern Drama.

To date, I have one television pilot, Black and Blue.

About

Cynthia Grace Robinson