Woodie King Jr. (1937- )

Image Courtesy of Black Masks Theatre pioneer Woodie King Jr. is a director, actor, playwright, screen-writer, television scriptwriter, essayist, short-story writer, and consultant. Hailed as “the Renaissance Man of Black Theatre,” he was the most successful and prolific black producer in the world. For over … Read MoreWoodie King Jr. (1937- )

Charles Henry Fuller Jr. (1939- )

Image Courtesy of Center for Program in Contemporary Writing, University of Pennsylvania Charles Fuller was born on March 5, 1939 to parents Charles H. Sr. and Lillian Anderson Fuller of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Fuller was the oldest of three children, but would see his parents welcome … Read MoreCharles Henry Fuller Jr. (1939- )

Garland Anderson (1886-1939)

Image Ownership: Public Domain A pioneer playwright and moralistic philosopher of constructive thinking, Garland Anderson was the first African American known to have a serious full-length drama produced on Broadway in New York. Active in the theatre for over 10 years during the 1920s and … Read MoreGarland Anderson (1886-1939)

Adrienne Kennedy (1931- )

Adrienne Kennedy has earned a place as one of contemporary America’s most renowned and admired African American authors, lecturers, and playwrights. Kennedy was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 13, 1931 to Cornell Wallace and Etta (Haugabook) Hawkins. Kennedy spent her childhood in Cleveland, Ohio, … Read MoreAdrienne Kennedy (1931- )