Lydia R. Diamond – Playwright
Lydia R. Diamond, an award-winning playwright’s works include: Toni Stone, Smart People, Stick Fly (Broadway), Voyeurs de Venus, Harriet Jacobs, and The Bluest Eye. Producing theatres include: American Conservatory Theater (ACT), Arena Stage, Congo Square, SecondStage (Off Broadway), Company One, Goodman, The Guthrie, Hartford Stage, Huntington, MPAACT, New Vic (Off Broadway), The Roundabout (Off Broadway), Steppenwolf, and the McCarter. Diamond was a W. E. B. DuBois Harvard Fellow, a 2015 Harvard Radcliffe Institute Fellow, a Huntington Playwright Fellow, an NEA/TCG playwright in Residence, a 2012 Sundance Playwright Lab Creative Advisor, and the 2020 recipient of the Horton Foote Playwriting Award. Lydia was a Writer/Consulting Producer for Showtime’s The Affair (nominated for a Writer’s Guild Award – Best Drama, episode 407). Lydia has an Honorary Doctorate from Pine Manor College, and on May 18th will receive an Honorary MFA from ACT, and is on faculty at University of Illinois, Chicago.
Tasia A. Jones – Adapter and Director
Tasia A. Jones is a professional director, actor, and theatre educator hailing from Boston, MA. Her most recent directing credits include Intimate Apparel (Northlight Theatre), Small Mouth Sounds (UCCS Theatreworks), Voyeurs de Venus (Northwestern University), The MLK Project (Writers Theatre), Seussical the Musical (Jean’s Playhouse), and No Child (Northwestern University). Upcoming productions include White (Definition Theatre Company at Steppenwolf). She has appeared in such works as Saturday Night/Sunday Morning (The Lyric Stage Company), Good Television (Zeitgeist Stage Company), and The Bluest Eye (Company One). She holds a BFA in theatre arts from Boston University and recently completed coursework for her MFA in Directing at Northwestern University. She is also an artistic associate for Black Lives Black Words International Project and the current Artistic Fellow at Northlight Theatre. Tasia’s artistic mission is to create civic engagement and conversation through theatre and to promote positive societal change at the individual and community level.
Amira Danan – Performer
Amira Danan, an Oregonian and avid learner, considers herself to be a storyteller across all mediums. Her play Afrocensored had a reading at Northwestern University’s MLK Festival, and another with 20% Theatre Company. Her ten-minute play milk was published in the Black Lives Black Words anthology. Another short piece, end of the end, was chosen for Northwestern’s Ten-Minute Festival. Recent acting credits include CHICAGO: White (Definition Theatre Company at Steppenwolf, upcoming), A Doll’s House (Raven Theatre), Bernhardt/Hamlet (Goodman Theatre), Comedy of Errors (Chicago Shakespeare), Southern Gothic (Windy City Playhouse). REGIONAL: world premiere of Ever in the Glades by Laura Schellhardt (The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts) INTERNATIONAL: Little Shop of Horrors (U.S. Embassy to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s cultural diplomacy tour). EDUCATION: BA in theatre, music theatre certificate, and minor in African-American studies, Northwestern University.