Carissa Atallah

Carissa Atallah

Carissa Atallah is a playwright from sunny Southern California. Recently, she received the Steinberg National Student Playwriting Award presented by the Kennedy Center for her play BROWN FACE. Her play VOIR DIRE, winner of the 45th Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival, is available for licensing through Concord Theatricals as a part of the Off Off Broadway Festival Plays, 45th Series....
Carissa Atallah is a playwright from sunny Southern California. Recently, she received the Steinberg National Student Playwriting Award presented by the Kennedy Center for her play BROWN FACE. Her play VOIR DIRE, winner of the 45th Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival, is available for licensing through Concord Theatricals as a part of the Off Off Broadway Festival Plays, 45th Series. Carissa has an MFA in Creative Writing for the Performing Arts from the University of California, Riverside. Learn more at carissaatallah.com

Plays

  • Brown Face
    Gracia is a Chicana writer and DREAMer. In order to draw attention to her work but not her undocumented status, Gracia convinces her white and US-born best friend Mariza to perform her poetry. When Gracia’s words launch Mariza into gaining a following as a Latinx artist and activist, their friendship is tested by issues of privilege and cultural appropriation. Part play, part poetry slam, “Brown Face” follows a...
    Gracia is a Chicana writer and DREAMer. In order to draw attention to her work but not her undocumented status, Gracia convinces her white and US-born best friend Mariza to perform her poetry. When Gracia’s words launch Mariza into gaining a following as a Latinx artist and activist, their friendship is tested by issues of privilege and cultural appropriation. Part play, part poetry slam, “Brown Face” follows a group of college students as they navigate their identities in the competitive world of spoken word poetry.
  • Voir Dire
    Have you, or anyone close to you, been sexually assaulted in your lifetime?
    “Voir Dire”, a Kennedy Center award-nominated short play, follows a diverse set of women as they are interviewed for jury duty on a sexual assault case in New York City. Winner of the 45th Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Theater Festival. Available through Concord Theatricals.