Afro-Atlantic Playwrights Festival, in collaboration with NYU Tisch School of the Arts

December 4—7, 2019

Carlyle Brown and Zainabu Jallo, Afro-Atlantic Playwright Festival, 2019, Minneapolis, Minnesota, US © The Playwrights' Center

Camargo Foundation’s Cultural Diaspora Playwrights Residency was conceived and curated by award-winning Minneapolis-based playwright Carlyle Brown. The goal of the residency, which took place in Summer 2018, was to bring together mid-career and established African and African-American theater artists, in Brown’s words, “from opposite ends of the Africanist Diaspora,” engaging them in debates about identity and authenticity and exploring the different ways in which international boundaries shape the African experience. This fall, Camargo Foundation is pleased to partner with Tisch Drama to present the Afro-Atlantic Playwright Festival, featuring staged readings of three works completed in the Camargo residency, by playwrights Femi Osofisan (Nigeria), France Luce Benson (New York/Los Angeles), and Zainabu Jallo (Nigeria/Switzerland).  This special event follows the successful festival that took place in July at the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis. The readings will take place December 4, 5, and 6 (by invitation only), and a roundtable discussion (free and open to the public) will take place on December 7, 2 pm, at NYU’s Abu Dhabi Center. The roundtable will feature the playwrights, residency directors Carlyle Brown and Chuck Mike, scholar Mamadou Diouf, director of Columbia University’s Institute for African Studies, and other special guests.

More information to come soon!

Festival in collaboration with Carlyle Brown & Company and NYU Tisch School of the Arts, with the support of National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), French American Cultural Exchange (FACE) and Ford Foundation.