Tyler English-Beckwith

Tyler English-Beckwith

Tyler English-Beckwith is a playwright, filmmaker, and actress originally from Dallas, TX, and currently based in Brooklyn, NY. She is the recipient of the 2020 Leah Ryan Fund for Emerging Women Writers, and the 2018 Kennedy Center Paula Vogel Play Prize. Tyler is also a member of the 2020 Page 73 writers group Interstate 73. Her plays include: Mingus (2020 Bay Area Playwrights Festival, 2019 Eugene O’Neill...
Tyler English-Beckwith is a playwright, filmmaker, and actress originally from Dallas, TX, and currently based in Brooklyn, NY. She is the recipient of the 2020 Leah Ryan Fund for Emerging Women Writers, and the 2018 Kennedy Center Paula Vogel Play Prize. Tyler is also a member of the 2020 Page 73 writers group Interstate 73. Her plays include: Mingus (2020 Bay Area Playwrights Festival, 2019 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Play Conference Finalist), Maya and Rivers (2020 Fire This Time Festival), Bitch (Development: Page 73’s Interstate 73, Joust Theatre Company), and TWENTYEIGHT (The Vortex, Austin, TX). The series of original films Tyler wrote, co-directed, and acted in titled “Umbra” can be seen on meowwolf.com. Her screenwriting work can also be heard on the upcoming scripted podcast, “Daughters of DC”. Tyler holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU Tisch, and a BA in African and African Diaspora Studies from UT Austin. Tyler hopes to create worlds, in her writing, where black women live beyond the basic means of survival and have the audacity to be autonomous.

Plays

  • Mingus
    B Coleman is a high achieving, first generation college student who has revolutionary ideas but struggles with the confidence to put them forward. When the opportunity arises to win a prestigious scholarship, she seeks out a letter of recommendation from the most popular faculty member on campus, Harrison Jones, a former member of the Black Panther Party, current Black Studies professor, and prolific author...
    B Coleman is a high achieving, first generation college student who has revolutionary ideas but struggles with the confidence to put them forward. When the opportunity arises to win a prestigious scholarship, she seeks out a letter of recommendation from the most popular faculty member on campus, Harrison Jones, a former member of the Black Panther Party, current Black Studies professor, and prolific author from Oakland. Harrison takes her under his wing as a mentee and challenges B to see her own worth. Over conversations on theory, jazz, and family, they unlock something inside each other, and their relationship develops into an undefined entangled web of blurred lines. When Harrison makes a bold decision, will B finally find the strength to use her voice?
  • TWENTYEIGHT
    In their final hours on earth, Ruth, Micah, Isaiah, and James add the final touches to the space shuttle that will send them to The Liberian Space Station, a separatist, utopian space colony, but just as they prepare to take off, two new arrivals threaten their to ruin their chances of making it to the paradise in the sky.

    TWENTYEIGHT is inspired by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement which...
    In their final hours on earth, Ruth, Micah, Isaiah, and James add the final touches to the space shuttle that will send them to The Liberian Space Station, a separatist, utopian space colony, but just as they prepare to take off, two new arrivals threaten their to ruin their chances of making it to the paradise in the sky.

    TWENTYEIGHT is inspired by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement which concluded that in 2012 a Black person was murdered in The United States of America every 28 hours by a police officer or a vigilante.
  • Maya and Rivers
    Maya and Rivers are from a dead earth in search of a new life. They find it together, on the moon. Maya and Rivers premiered in Season 11 of The Fire This Time Festival at The Kraine Theater in New York, NY.
  • Hansel & Gretel
    A mother makes a meal for her family.