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Dael Orlandersmith

Dael Orlandersmith
Visiting Writers Series

Dael won an OBIE Award for Beauty’s Daughter, which she wrote and starred in at American Place Theatre.  She toured extensively with the Nuyorican Poets Café (Real Live Poetry) throughout the US, Europe and Australia.  Her play, Monster, premiered at New York Theatre Workshop in November 1996. Dael attended Sundance Theatre Festival Lab for four summers developing new plays.  The Gimmick, commissioned by the McCarter Theatre, premiered on their Second Stage on Stage and went on to great acclaim at the Long Wharf Theatre and New York Theatre Workshop.  Yellowman was commissioned by and premiered at the McCarter in a co-production with the Wilma and Long Wharf Theatres. Vintage Books and Dramatists Play Service published Yellowman and a collection of earlier work. She was a Pulitzer Prize Award finalist and Drama Desk Award Nominee as an actress in and for Yellowman which premiered at Manhattan Theatre Club in 2002. She was a Susan Smith Blackburn Award Finalist with The Gimmick in ’99 and won for Yellowman.  She is the recipient of a NYFA Grant,The Helen Merrill Emerging Playwrights Award, a Guggenheim and The 2005 Pen/Laura Pels Foundation Award for a playwright in mid-career. In 2006 Dael won a Lucille Lortel Playwrights Fellowship. Dael premiered a new work in collaboration with David Cale at Long Wharf called The Blue Album in 2007.  The Mark Taper Forum commissioned Bones which they will produce this coming July. In 2008 Dael first performed Stoop Stories at the Public Theatre as part of the Under the Radar Festival, then in 2009 at Studio Theatre in DC and at The Goodman Theatre last September. She‘s currently developing a play called Horsedreams which premiered at New York Stage and Film in 2008 and is completing work on a commission from the Atlantic Theatre called Suicide Girlz.