Black mothers, mostly from the hood, host a different kind of party in a Harlem community room. An unexpected guest forces them to confront the poverty they witness and experience everyday.
Nia Akilah Robinson (she.her) is a playwright and actor who reps Harlem with all her might. She is 2022-2023 Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellow at Juilliard. Grateful to the Orchard Project for this opportunity! Residencies: The Ground Floor: Berkeley Repertory Theater, SPACE on Ryder Farm: Greenhouse Residency, Travis Bogard Artist-in-Residence at the Eugene O'Neill Foundation, MacDowell Fellowship, and Prospect Street Writer’s House X Waterwell. Commissions: EST/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (short play), Charles Rowan Beye New Play Commission under Urbanite Theatre Company & PEN America. Readings: Bloodworks @ EST, Co-writer on Clubbed Thumb Constitution Commission (Heidi Schreck, creator and star of What the Constitution Means to Me) awarded to Justice Hehir @ New Georges, Dramatist Guild; 2021 End Of Play in partnership with The 24 Hour Plays, Classical Theatre of Harlem's (PP), and "TBHTP" collective readings at The Drama League. Awards: 2022 YoungArts Artist Fellow supported by Rockefeller Brothers Fund (Alumni Award), 2022 New York Theater Workshop 2050 Artistic Fellowship Finalist (Final Round), 2022 Finalist for The Blue Ink Playwriting Award, 2022 Semi-Finalist for the Blank Stage “Future of Playwriting Award”, 2021 Winner "One of the Best of Fest” at Nuyorican’s Theater Festival, and 2021 Finalist for the Eugene O’Neill (NPC). Workshops: 2020 Waterwell & 2022 Great Plains Theater Conference. Member/ Alum: The Orchard Project NYC Greenhouse, EST's Youngblood, and TheBlackHERthePen. Nia was presented a certificate from the 2021 Tony Award-winning organization Broadway Advocacy Coalition, for "Her commitment to Black stories".https://www.niaakilahrobinson.com
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My creative process begins with...
With Harlem in mind. Always.