James Anthony Tyler

Teaching statement

“I have designed my Playwriting Technique class to be great for both beginners and those with experience. Our focus will strongly be on both character development and utilizing the dramatic writing tools of conflict, high stakes, and characters using various tactics to achieve their goals. We’ll be writing and workshopping 10 min plays in the class and we’ll emphasize structure (having a clear beginning, middle, and end). It’s important that you know how to talk about work, so I’ll stress how to be a productive and generous person when it comes to giving and receiving feedback. Overall, the class will be both informative and fun, and I hope that you will be able to leave the class with work that you’re proud of.”


James Anthony Tyler is the recipient of the 3rd Annual Horton Foote Playwriting Award, an inaugural playwright to receive a commission from Audible, and a 2016 Theatre Masters Visionary Playwrights Award recipient. His plays include SOME OLD BLACK MAN (Berkshire Playwrights Lab at St. James Place and 59E59 Theaters, and a University Musical Society filmed production), ALL WE NEED IS US (Keen Company, currently streaming on all podcast platforms) hop thA A (Currently streaming on Audible), ARTNEY JACKSON (World Premiere at Williamstown Theatre Festival, 2018 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award), and DOLPHINS AND SHARKS (LAByrinth Theater Company and Finborough Theatre in London). He’s a 2021/2018 MacDowell Fellow, a 2021 Hermitage Artist Resident, a 2018 Djerassi Fellow, 2018-2019 Amoralists Wright Club Playwright, 2017-2018 Nashville Rep Ingram New Works Playwright, 2016-2017 Ars Nova Play Group Resident, 2016 Working Farm Playwrights Group Resident at SPACE on Ryder Farm, 2015-2016 Playwrights’ Center’s Many Voices Fellow, 2014-2015 Dramatists Guild Fellow, and he was a member of Harlem’s Emerging Black Playwrights Group. He has a MFA in Film from Howard University and a MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University. He is also a graduate of The Juilliard School’s Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program, and he was the Staff Writer for the OWN Network show “Cherish the Day” created by Ava DuVernay.