Dael Orlandersmith

Dael Orlandersmith is a playwright whose plays include STOOP STORIES, BLACK N’ BLUE BOYS/BROKEN MEN, HORSEDREAMS, BONES, THE BLUE ALBUM, YELLOWMAN, THE GIMMICK, MONSTER, and FOREVER. Ms. Orlandersmith was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and Drama Desk Award nominee for YELLOWMAN and the winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for THE GIMMICK. Dael is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts grant, The Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights, a Guggenheim, along with several other awards and honors. Her play, FOREVER, was commissioned and performed at the Mark Taper Forum/Kirk Douglas Theatre Fall of 2014, followed by performances at the Long Wharf Theatre Winter 2014/15, New York Theatre Workshop Spring 2015, and at Portland Center Stage Winter 2016. Her play UNTIL THE FLOOD was done at St Louis Repertory fall of 2016, at Rattlestick Theatre in 2018, Milwaukee Rep in 2019, at Portland Center Stage, ACT Seattle, the Arcola Theatre in London, The Galway Arts Festival at the Druid Theatre, and at the Traverse at Edinburgh Festival. The play is scheduled to be performed in Berlin at the Schaubruhner theatre in April of 2022 and at the Spoleto festival in Charleston, SC in June 2022. She is currently working on two commissions for Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland and Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. Ms. Orlandersmith is working on a Commission for Rattlestick theatre called WATCHING THE WATCHER, and has two plays opening at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre in 2022: NEW AGE, to be directed by Jade King Carroll, and ANTONIO’S SONG/I WAS DREAMING OF A SON, cowritten with Antonio Suarez Edwards and directed by Mark Clement. She is also working on a new work with writer/performer David Cale called ‘ YOU DON’T KNOW THE LONELY ONE, and is working on a new piece called SPIRITAS. In 2020 Ms. Orlandersmith received the Doris Duke award.