SOUL SERIES LAB:
I AM SOUL
Launched in 2012, I AM SOUL - Playwrights Residency Program is the only program in the country that is dedicated to Black playwrights, whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit and excellence in the theatrical field, with a commitment to a production. Coined as a dream MFA program, this residency also seeks to unleash the soul of a playwright on the page so that they can develop, hone and explore new ways of artistic expression in a safe, supported and transformative environment.
Alongside NBT’s Artistic Director, the selected playwright (s) will develop a new play during the eighteen (18) month residency. The program provides the playwright with a stipend, administrative and dramaturgical support, in-house readings, and two 29-hour workshops. This process culminates with a Workshop Production in NBT’s following season.
With I AM SOUL, NBT seeks to deepen the artistic relationship between Black theatrical institutions and Black playwrights in order to re-establish Black theatrical institutions as the foremost supporters and producers of new works created by Black playwrights.
Darrel Alejandro Holnes (Bayano)
Derek Lee McPhatter (Serious Adverse Effects)
Angelica Chéri (I Will Not Lie To David)
Nambi E. Kelley (Blood)
Dennis A. Allen II (Manhood)
Aurin Squire (Zoohouse)
Mfoniso Udofia (Her Portmanteau)