Devin Porter

Devin Porter

Devin Porter is a playwright, poet, fiction writer, and dramaturg. His works analyze and examine the areas of race, social class, and identity. Devin has worked professionally with Columbia University, Negro Ensemble Company, Alter Theater, Forward Theater Company, Barrow Group Theatre Company, Fantasy Theatre Factory, The Playground Experiment, Caesar Ford Theatre, and The School of Thinking Making. Devin’s...
Devin Porter is a playwright, poet, fiction writer, and dramaturg. His works analyze and examine the areas of race, social class, and identity. Devin has worked professionally with Columbia University, Negro Ensemble Company, Alter Theater, Forward Theater Company, Barrow Group Theatre Company, Fantasy Theatre Factory, The Playground Experiment, Caesar Ford Theatre, and The School of Thinking Making. Devin’s publications include Fjords Review, Conium Review, High Plains Register, Nzuri Journal of Umoja Community at Coastline College, Crack The Spine, RavensPerch, and the PGE Faces of America Anthology. In 2020, Devin was apart of the AlterLab First Acts Cohort with Alter Theater in San Rafael, California. Devin holds a B.A in English from the University of Albany, where he was a three-time Spellman Academic Award Winner. Also, he holds an M.A in Theatre with a focus on Dramatic Writing. Devin is a member of Howl Playwrights based in Rhinebeck, NY, apart of Alter Theater’s Literary Committee, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

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Plays

  • BW (One-Act Play)
    BW is about a father and son's powerful bond through playing the piano. This play explores the pressures of becoming a 1st generation college student, being a person of color at a PWI, and demonstrates how to "show up" for the people you love.
  • Real Friends (10-minute play)
    Worried that her 8-year-old son, Alex, won't make any real friends, Theresa signs up Alex for basketball. Afraid of his bullying past, Alex argues with Theresa about skipping practice and wanting to hang out with his imaginary friend instead. After Alex threatens to leave home and to live with his father, Theresa is faced with a major decision. Will she play with Alex's imaginary friend and continue...
    Worried that her 8-year-old son, Alex, won't make any real friends, Theresa signs up Alex for basketball. Afraid of his bullying past, Alex argues with Theresa about skipping practice and wanting to hang out with his imaginary friend instead. After Alex threatens to leave home and to live with his father, Theresa is faced with a major decision. Will she play with Alex's imaginary friend and continue to enable his imagination? Or will she jeopardize her relationship with him and possibly force her child out of her own home?


  • Reputation (10-min play)
    While being a victim of systemic racism at his workplace, Ekow decides to ask his best friend and fellow professor, Aaron Matthews, to join him in solidarity by protesting against State University. With his reputation and a new tenured contract at stake, will Aaron stand up against systemic racism and join the protest? Or will he continue to be a bystander and possibly lose his best friend?
  • Rite of Passage (10-minute play)
    In pursuit of a real bond with his father, Darrell decides to pledge his father’s historic fraternity. Only thing is that he must complete his pledge initiation process or the Rite of Passage. Will Darrell receive the true father son bond he’s always wanted? Or decide to break the chain of the family legacy?
  • My Handsome Black King (Short)
    Walter must give his son "The Talk". If he doesn't get his message across, he and his son might have to face a harsh reality in the future.
  • What Is America? (Short)
    A school district sends an African American child an android for their class lecture. In the process, the child creates their own definition of what America truly is.
  • Double Mint Chocolate Chip (a monologue)
    Logan struggles to prepare for the biggest moment of his life. Proposal. Worried about the potential outcome, he searches for guidance. Logan heads to El Sanctuario de Chimayo.
  • Landslide (a monologue)
    Landslide explores a young man named Nate going to visit his grandfather. Nate reflects on past family experiences and the power of time.
  • A Letter to My Unborn Son (a monologue)
    A Letter to My Unborn Son is about the reality that all black fathers face while trying to prepare their black children for the outside world regarding police brutality. This piece was inspired by the Ahmaud Arbery shooting.
  • McDonalds (a monologue)
    An African American woman named Kim relives the glory days and travels a path once walked before. We learn that some things in life often change, while other things stay the same and repeat themselves.
  • Perfect Attendance (a monologue)
    Tiffany, a student at HighBridge Middle School, must finish her daily therapy meeting before rushing to save her perfect attendance record.
  • A Real Man (a monologue)
    Carter's son comes home from being bullied at school due to having his nails painted red. After struggling with being there for his son on multiple occasions, will Carter finally stand up for him and be a "real man"? Or does he continue to let his son be bullied and possibly lose out on their relationship?
  • Thank You RGB (a monologue)
    In fear of her granddaughter collecting a huge student loan debt, Grandma Emily tells her a past story of once trying to become a firefighter. In order to inspire her granddaughter to finish off her undergraduate degree. Inspired by Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
  • Who Want The Smoke? (a monologue)
    While on probation, Jasmine is struggling to maintain control of her classroom. Jasmine pleads to God for the strength not to give any of your students "The Smoke" before she can possibly lose her job.