Micah Ariel Watson

Micah Ariel Watson

Micah Ariel Watson (born November 11th, 1995)  is a filmmaker and playwright, whose work centers the ways in which Black historical events and the contemporary moment mirror one another, often employing poetry and hip-hop to do so. As a writer, cinematographer, and theatre-maker, her art sheds light on underrepresented, intimate stories and transcends medium and discipline. Micah's words and images seek to...
Micah Ariel Watson (born November 11th, 1995)  is a filmmaker and playwright, whose work centers the ways in which Black historical events and the contemporary moment mirror one another, often employing poetry and hip-hop to do so. As a writer, cinematographer, and theatre-maker, her art sheds light on underrepresented, intimate stories and transcends medium and discipline. Micah's words and images seek to remind peoples of the African Diaspora that they are complex, beautiful, diverse, and made in the image of God. 

Her film 40th & State is an official selection of the BlackStar Film Festival (2018). She recently received the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF)  Undergraduate Playwriting Award for her full-length play, Canaan (2018). She is also the winner of the KCACTF Gary Garrison 10-Minute Play Award and a Lorraine Hansberry Distinguished playwright for Will Be Live (2018). She received the Clay E. Delauney Memorial Award for her full length plays Wake Up Music! (2017) and Canaan (2018). Her films Edges (2016) and Educated Feet (2017) were screened at the Virginia Film Festival.

Micah is a 2018 graduate of the University of Virginia (UVA), where she majored in Drama and the African-American and African Studies Distinguished Majors Program. While at UVA, she was the founder, producer, and director of the annual theatrical production, The Black Monologues, and established a community of Black graduate and undergraduate artists. She has interned with TVOne and Jesse Collins Entertainment and worked in production for filmmakers Kevin Jerome Everson and Claudrena Harold. Currently, she is pursuing her MFA in Dramatic Writing at New York University Tisch School of the Arts.

Originally from Wichita, Kansas, Micah is a columnist for the website BLACK GIRL DOES GRAD SCHOOL. In her free time, she enjoys making playlists, reading novels, writing poetry, trying new recipes, having solo dance parties, and personifying #BlackGirlMagic.

Plays

  • Canaan
    During the one of the most tumultuous years in American history, Canaan tells the coming-of-age story of a teenager and his community, caught between love, activism, and spirituality. In 1968, generations collide as Washington, D.C. neighbors must decide where there loyalties lie when the Civil Rights Movement takes a turn.
  • Wake Up Music!
    What do we do when tragedy strikes? In the wake of a brutal act of police violence, Amil must decide whether to tell the truth or remain silent after witnessing the event. As he chases his post graduation dreams he must overcome obstacles of love, duty, and control. "Wake Up Music" is a requiem for a community in mourning, told through Hip Hop and West-African storytelling traditions. 
  • Will Be Live
    Imani, Clara, and Mia bask fully in their womanhood after a party. But in an instant, joyful reminiscence becomes a plea for the value of Black lives. Will Be Live tells an all too familiar story of sisterhood, memory, and poetry in the face of struggle.