Suzan-Lori Parks

Suzan-Lori Parks

2016-17 Residency 1 Playwright

Suzan-Lori Parks (Playwright). For the Public Theater: Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) (Pulitzer Prize finalist), Watch Me Work, The Book of Grace, 365 Days/365 Plays (in conjunction with over 700 theatres worldwide), Topdog/Underdog, Fucking A, In the Blood (Pulitzer Prize finalist), Venus, The America Play. On Broadway: The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Topdog/Underdog. Other Off-Broadway includes Unchain My Heart, The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World, Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third Kingdom. Film includes Girl 6 (directed by Spike Lee), Their Eyes Were Watching God (produced by Oprah Winfrey), Anemone Me (produced by Christine Vachon & Todd Haynes). Suzan-Lori is the first African- American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in Drama and is a MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient. Other awards include Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical (Porgy and Bess); The Gish Prize for Excellence in the Arts; Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama; Horton Foote Prize; Obie Award for Playwriting: Best New American Play. Suzan-Lori teaches at New York University and serves at The Public Theater as its Master Writer Chair. She also currently performs Watch Me Work, a free, live streamed, weekly writing workshop, open to artists of all disciplines. Her first novel, Getting Mother’s Body (Random House, 2003), includes songs and is set in the West Texas of her youth. She is currently developing a series for Amazon and a musical adaptation of the film The Harder They Come. For more info visit


"I’m thrilled to be joining Signature next season as their Residency 1 playwright! I’m very moved that the righteous Jim Houghton has chosen me to be included in the long list of incredible artists whose works have been explored by Signature over the past 25 years. It’s admirable, isn’t it, how Signature puts the writer at the center of the creative process. Yeah, I’m looking forward to digging in, resurrecting my body of work, taking a fresh look at it with an exciting group of artistic collaborators, and wow, sharing the experience with audiences old and new.”

- Suzan-Lori Parks

Pictured above: Edward Norton and Suzan-Lori Parks. Photo by Shevett Studios.

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