Katori Hall

Katori Hall

Residency 5 Playwright

Katori Hall is a writer hailing from Memphis, Tennessee. Hall’s plays include: The Mountaintop (2010 Olivier Award for Best New Play), which ran on Broadway in 2011 starring Angela Bassett and Samuel L. Jackson (For two theatrical seasons, the play has been one of the most produced plays in America.), Hurt Village (2011 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize), Children of Killers, Hoodoo Love, Remembrance, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning, WHADDABLOODCLOT!!!, Our Lady of Kibeho, Pussy Valley and The Blood Quilt. Her plays have been presented on six continents, and she is currently under commission to write a new play for the UK’s National Theatre.

Her additional awards include the Lark Play Development Center Playwrights of New York (PoNY) Fellowship, the ARENA Stage American Voices New Play Residency, the Kate Neal Kinley Fellowship, two Lecomte du Nouy Prizes from Lincoln Center, the Fellowship of Southern Writers Bryan Family Award in Drama, a NYFA Fellowship, the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, the Columbia University John Jay Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement, the Otto Rene Castillo Award for Political Theatre, and the Otis Guernsey New Voices Playwriting Award.

She was a participant of the Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab, where her play Hurt Village was developed into a film, and also Sundance’s inaugural Episodic Story Lab, where she developed her television show The Dial. Also in television, Hall was staffed on the first season of TNT’s show LEGENDS executive produced by Howard Gordon and Alex Cary and is currently developing Stephen L. Carter’s #1 national best-seller The Emperor of Ocean Park into a pilot with Fox Network executive produced by John Wells.

Hall’s journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, UK’s The Guardian, Essence and The Commercial Appeal, including contributing reporting for Newsweek.

The Mountaintop and Katori Hall: Plays One are published by Methuen Drama. Hall is an alumna of the Lark Playwrights’ Workshop, where she developed The Mountaintop and Our Lady of Kibeho, and a graduate of Columbia University, the American Repertory Theater Institute at Harvard University, and the Juilliard School.

She is a proud member of the Ron Brown Scholar Program, the Coca-Cola Scholar Program, the Dramatists Guild, and the Fellowship of Southern Writers. She is currently a member of the Residency 5 at Signature Theatre in New York City. Katori will make her feature directing debut with a film adaptation of Hurt Village, which received its world premiere at Signature in 2012.

“Signature has been a theatre that has produced playwrights and works that spoke to me and my own cultural experience. For that reason, it has become my favorite New York City theatre. To be embraced by this family is a poignant moment in my career as I have really struggled to find an artistic home here. But finally, I have a place to lay my hat."

- Katori Hall
Katori Hall photo by Gregory Costanzo.

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