Residency 5 Playwright
Katori Hall is an Olivier Award-winning playwright from Memphis, Tennessee. Most recently, she wrote the book for Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, the West End hit debuting on Broadway in Fall 2019. She is also the showrunner of P-VALLEY, the new Starz series based on her play Pussy Valley. Katori's play The Mountaintop, premiering at Theatre503 in 2009, transferred to the West End and won the Olivier Award for Best New Play in 2010. The Mountaintop later opened on Broadway in October 2011 to critical acclaim.
Katori's other works include the award-winning Hurt Village which is currently in development as a feature film, Hoodoo Love, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning, WHADDABLOODCLOT!!!, Our Lady of Kibeho, Purple is the Colour of Mourning, and The Blood Quilt. Katori’s other awards include a Susan Smith Blackburn Award, Lark Play Development Center Playwrights of New York (PONY) Fellowship, two Lecompte du Nouy Prizes from Lincoln Center, Fellowship of Southern Writers Bryan Family Award in Drama, NYFA Fellowship, the Columbia University John Jay Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement, National Black Theatre's August Wilson Playwriting Award, and the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award.
Katori has been published in The Boston Globe, The Guardian, and The New York Times. She has been a Kennedy Center Playwriting Fellow at the O’Neill, and is currently a resident playwright at The Signature Theatre in NYC. Katori is a proud member of the Ron Brown Scholar Program and the Coca-Cola Scholar Program.
“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