Donnetta Lavinia Grays

Donnetta Lavinia Grays

Donnetta Lavinia Grays – raised in Columbia, South Carolina - is a Brooklyn based Playwright. Her plays include WHERE WE STAND (World Premiere Co-production - WP Theater and Baltimore Centerstage. O’Neill Center National Playwrights Conference Semifinalist.), LAST NIGHT AND THE NIGHT BEFORE (National Theater Conference Barrie and Bernice Stavis Playwright Award. World Premiere - Denver Center for the...
Donnetta Lavinia Grays – raised in Columbia, South Carolina - is a Brooklyn based Playwright. Her plays include WHERE WE STAND (World Premiere Co-production - WP Theater and Baltimore Centerstage. O’Neill Center National Playwrights Conference Semifinalist.), LAST NIGHT AND THE NIGHT BEFORE (National Theater Conference Barrie and Bernice Stavis Playwright Award. World Premiere - Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Kilroys List. Colorado New Play Summit. National New Play Network New Play Showcase. Todd McNerney National Playwriting Contest Winner. Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference Semifinalist.), LAID TO REST (Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow Finalist, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference Finalist. Kilroys - List Honorable Mention. Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep. 2017 Space on Ryder Farm Creative Residency.), THE REVIEW OR HOW TO EAT YOUR OPPOSITION (2018 WP Pipeline Festival. Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference Finalist.) THE NEW NORMAL and THE COWBOY IS DYING. Donnetta is the inaugural recipient of the Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award. She is also a Space on Ryder Farm Working Farm Resident, Time Warner Foundation WP Playwrights Lab, Civilians R&D Group, an Actors Studio Playwright/Directors Unit, and terraNova Collective Groundbreakers Playwright group alumna. Her work has been read or developed by New Harmony Project, Berkeley Rep, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, The Labyrinth Theater Company, New York Theater Workshop, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Portland Stage Company, Pure Theatre Company, [the claque], Naked Angels, Classical Theater of Harlem, Slant Theater Project, terraNova Collective, Theatre 4 the People, TOSOS, The Group Lab and Coyote REP. Donnetta is currently under commission from Steppenwolf, The Public Theater's Mobile Unit, The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, WP Theater and Theaterworks USA. For television she has been staffed on Spectrum Orginal/Liongate's Manhunt and is currently staffed on Y:The Last Man for FX Network/Color Force.

Proud member of WGA and The Dramatist Guild of America.

Recommended by Donnetta Lavinia Grays

  • The Way North
    13 Oct. 2019
    What can I say that hasn't already been said about this extraordinary play? It is moving, beautifully written and should be produced immediately. I am so glad that is was selected as an Honorable Mention for the Kilroys List 2019. So well deserved!
  • Wink
    21 Jul. 2016
    There's not much Jen Silverman can't do. I got to be in the room during phases of Wink's development as part of terraNova Collective's Groundbreakers Playwright Group. "Wink" is funny, dark, dangerous and sexy and has some of the most clever language put to paper. Love this play.
  • Nollywood Dreams
    21 Jul. 2016
    Got the chance to see this play read as part of the New York Stage and Film Powerhouse Theater Festival this summer ('16). Such a tremendously funny play. The characters are joyful and lovingly written. And the situation is completely relatable. Delightful as hell! It really fills a much needed comedic space in the African narrative in the American theater. Any theater company would benefit greatly by adding Nollywood Dreams to their season.
  • runboyrun
    16 Dec. 2015
    Downright brilliant. Mfoniso's voice is sweeping, poetic, electric and daring. Language is out of this world. And this epic story is wrenching and illuminating. I'm a true fan.
  • The Luckiest People
    16 Dec. 2015
    Meredith has such a fine grasp of honest dialogue. The Luckiest People, which I got to see a reading of during PlayFest at Orlando Shakes, is a touching play with some of the most memorable moments, characters and monologues I heard in a long time. Loved this play.