Gloria Bond Clunie

Gloria Bond Clunie

Gloria Bond Clunie is an award-winning playwright, director and educator.

She is a founding member of the Playwriting Ensemble at Chicago’s Regional Tony Award winning Victory Gardens Theater where her plays North Star, Living Green and Shoes premiered. She is also the founding Artistic Director of Evanston’s Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre where she directed scores of productions including Ain...
Gloria Bond Clunie is an award-winning playwright, director and educator.

She is a founding member of the Playwriting Ensemble at Chicago’s Regional Tony Award winning Victory Gardens Theater where her plays North Star, Living Green and Shoes premiered. She is also the founding Artistic Director of Evanston’s Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre where she directed scores of productions including Ain't Misbehavin', Ceremonies in Dark Old Men, Home and Raisin.

Her other plays include, Sweet Water Taste, SMOKE, Sing, Malindy, Sing!, BLU, Buck Naked, DRIP, Patricia McKissack’s Mirandy and Brother Wind, Bankruptcy, Merry Kwanzaa, Mercy Rising and QUARK. Her works have been published in the anthologies Seven Black Plays, Reimagining A Raisin In the Sun and The Bully Plays. They have been workshopped and produced in a variety of theaters across America including Victory Gardens Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, ETA, Alliance Theatre, Triad Stage, Her Story Theatre, MPAACT, Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre, Penobscot Theatre and Orlando Shakespeare Theater.

As an outstanding Creative Drama Specialist in the nationally acclaimed Evanston District #65 Drama Department, she served as the Chute Middle School Fine Arts Chair, wrote and/or directed over 100 productions, developed district drama standards and curriculum, and championed innovative Integrated Arts programing.

Ms. Clunie has been recognized for her work in theater and education by the NAACP, AKA and DST Sororities, American Alliance for Theatre and Education and the Vision Keepers. Awards include a Chicago Jeff, a Children’s Theater Foundation of America Orlin Corey Medallion, a Scott McPherson, a Dramatists Guild Fellowship, Theodore Ward African-American Playwriting Prizes, New York’s New Professional Theater Award, Chicago Black Theatre Alliance Awards, NEA and Illinois Arts Council Fellowships and the Evanston Mayor’s Award for the Arts.

In 2014, Ms. Clunie was an Artist-In-Residence at Byrdcliffe Arts Colony in Woodstock New York and at 360 Xochi Quetzal Arts Residency, Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico where she completed BLU- a two act drama exploring bullying. BLU was read at The Growing Stage Children’s Theater of New Jersey 2015 New Play Festival and was the featured play in the 2015 AATE Playwrights In Our Schools Program at Utah Valley University. In July, she participated in the 2015 Women Playwrights International Conference in Cape Town, South Africa where excerpts from her play Shoes were presented. Buck Naked was performed in Detroit’s 2015 BoxFest and SMOKE was featured at Dayton Playhouse’s 2015 FutureFest and in the 2015 New Works at Playhouse On The Square in Memphis. Last fall, she completed a month in California’s Djerassi Resident Artists Program working on her new play SKY.

Currently, as part of Northwestern University’s American Music Theatre Project, this Northwestern graduate (B.S. Theater, MFA-Directing) has been invited to adapt her acclaimed drama North Star into a musical. In July 2016 Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre premiered #LOVESTORIES inspired by Black Lives Matter and in August SMOKE was presented at the 2016 Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights.

Originally from Henderson, North Carolina, she and her husband Basil live in Evanston, Illinois and are the proud parents of daughter Aurelia.

Plays

  • SMOKE
    (two-act drama, 2 males, 2 females) It's the 1960's! Camels are Kool and tobacco is king in Carolina! When country store owner Ora Rakestraw meets the mysterious union organizer Wallace Johnson—love, promises, and secrets collide with small town southern politics in one sizzling, tumultuous summer!
    (O’Neill Conference, semifinalist, READINGS: PlayFest Harriet Lake Festival of New Plays,...
    (two-act drama, 2 males, 2 females) It's the 1960's! Camels are Kool and tobacco is king in Carolina! When country store owner Ora Rakestraw meets the mysterious union organizer Wallace Johnson—love, promises, and secrets collide with small town southern politics in one sizzling, tumultuous summer!
    (O’Neill Conference, semifinalist, READINGS: PlayFest Harriet Lake Festival of New Plays, Orlando Shakespeare Theater; Chicago Writer’s Exchange, Her Story Theater, Chicago; 2015 FutureFest, Dayton Playhouse 2015 New Works at Playhouse On The Square, Memphis; 2016 Southern Appalachian Play Festival, 2017 Florida Rep Playfest)
  • LIVING GREEN
    LIVING GREEN - (drama, 4 males, 3 females)

    A wealthy suburban family wonders, “Can we return to the ‘old neighborhood’ and make a difference?” Inspired by A RAISIN IN THE SUN.


    It’s 1995 - the year of the Million Man March. Frank and Angela Freeman, an affluent Black couple in a mostly white Chicago suburb, collide when they decide to sell their mini-mansion to fund their...
    LIVING GREEN - (drama, 4 males, 3 females)

    A wealthy suburban family wonders, “Can we return to the ‘old neighborhood’ and make a difference?” Inspired by A RAISIN IN THE SUN.


    It’s 1995 - the year of the Million Man March. Frank and Angela Freeman, an affluent Black couple in a mostly white Chicago suburb, collide when they decide to sell their mini-mansion to fund their daughter’s education. Should they move their family to another “safe” white community or return to rediscover their roots in “the old neighborhood?” A modern homage to “A Raisin In The Sun,” this timely work by Gloria Bond Clunie (author of the award-winning “North Star” and “Shoes”) poses the question, “What happens to our society when we flee the communities that once nurtured us?” 2009 PREMIERE~ VICTORY GARDENS THEATRE~REVIEWS: “rich, enjoyable, memorable. . . a very gutsy piece of writing (Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune) . . .“tills fertile ground. . .impassioned. . . impressive . . .” (Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun Times), “question that is still crucial . . . immensely likeable characters” (Megan Powell, Time Out Chicago), “you laugh. . . feel a tear. . . I think Ms. Bond Clunie has it!" (Al Bresloff, Epoch Times), “vibrant . . . insightful and culturally relevant play . . . exceptionally well‐written, (Brian Murphy, Evanston Roundtable).

  • NORTH STAR
    NORTH STAR - (drama, 6 males, 5 females w/doubling-Note: A) Ethnically specific version & B) a color-conscious version to cast actors, regardless of race)

    A POWERFUL COMING OF AGE STORY! A young girl faces life-changing choices in the midst of the Civil Rights era.

    Set in North Carolina in the 1960s, North Star is the story of Relia, an African-American girl, searching for...
    NORTH STAR - (drama, 6 males, 5 females w/doubling-Note: A) Ethnically specific version & B) a color-conscious version to cast actors, regardless of race)

    A POWERFUL COMING OF AGE STORY! A young girl faces life-changing choices in the midst of the Civil Rights era.

    Set in North Carolina in the 1960s, North Star is the story of Relia, an African-American girl, searching for her place to shine in both society and her personal life. The joyous innocence of Relia's summer is transformed by the rising tensions of the growing civil rights movement. Relia's parents are hotly divided between letting her participate in the demonstrations and shielding her from the harsh realities of the civil rights struggle and their community's battle for freedom. Relia's memories of magical moments stargazing with her father help guide her as she risks her life to be a part of "Big Freedom."

    1995 PREMIERE~VICTORY GARDENS THEATER, CHICAGO REVIEWS: “powerfully depicts impact on one family in the ‘60’s” (Chicago Tribune), “strong, poetic streak, appealing characters, . . . a sense of humor.” (Chicago Sun‐Times).