Daysha Veronica

Daysha Veronica

Daysha Veronica is a playwright, author, viral spoken word artist, veteran digital media producer, MFA candidate at UCLA, and an alumna of the prestigious Television Academy Foundation internship program. Her plays have been workshopped/performed at UC San Diego, UCLA, Meet Cute LA, Celebration Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop and PlayGround-LA. Her digital work has appeared on Hulu, AppleTV, Amazon Prime,...
Daysha Veronica is a playwright, author, viral spoken word artist, veteran digital media producer, MFA candidate at UCLA, and an alumna of the prestigious Television Academy Foundation internship program. Her plays have been workshopped/performed at UC San Diego, UCLA, Meet Cute LA, Celebration Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop and PlayGround-LA. Her digital work has appeared on Hulu, AppleTV, Amazon Prime, BuzzFeed, Refinery29, and The Huffington Post. Her 5 poetry videos that she produced while at BuzzFeed have amassed over 90 million views across YouTube and Facebook, with What I Wish Someone Told Me About Having Safe Sex at over 1 million shares on Facebook. She resides in Los Angeles, and can be found blogging on her female self-confidence building platform, Yes Queen (www.yesqueenlife.com). She is currently under commission with PlayGround-LA.

Her playwriting accolades include:
- The Rosa Parks Distinguished Achievement Playwriting Award of The John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts (The Write Choice)
- The Lorraine Hansberry Distinguished Achievement Playwriting Award of The John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts (The Write Choice)
- Semi-Finalist for Bay Area Playwright’s Festival 2021 (The Write Choice)
- PlayGround-LA 2021 New Play Commission (Waiting For Umoja)
- Best of PlayGround-LA Season 9 Winner (Waiting For Umoja)
- People’s Choice Award Winner for PlayGround-LA (Waiting For Umoja)
- PlayGround-LA 2020 New Play Commission (Mother Earth Day)
- Best of PlayGround-LA Season 8 Winner (Mother Earth Day)
- People’s Choice Award Winner for PlayGround-LA & Planet Earth Arts New Play Festival 2020 (Mother Earth Day)
- Top 40 Finalist for University of Central Florida’s Pegasus Playlab 2020 (19/20 Vision)
- Semi-Finalist for Bay Area Playwright's Festival 2020 (19/20 Vision)
- Winner of University of California, San Diego (UCSD) 2014 Dr. Floyd Gaffney National Award in Playwriting (Sisters/Sistahz)
- Finalist for 2014 Kentucky Women Writers Conference’s Prize for Women Writers (Sisters/Sistahz)
- 2x Winner of UCLA's Dini Ostrov Award in Playwriting (Sisters/Sistahz and What Happened To The Taco Truck on Santa Monica and Vine)
- UCLA's Judith and Milton R. Stark Scholarship recipient for playwriting
- UCLA's Beverly Robinson Scholarship recipient for playwriting
- UCLA's Graduate Council Diversity Fellowship recipient

Plays

  • The Deliverance
    A family in a shrinking black farming community in Texas have a deep spiritual and historical connection with the land that is being disrupted by climate change. So, when a land investor takes interest in buying their land, they must weigh which option is best for their future and their freedom.
  • Waiting For Umoja
    After finishing up desert on Christmas night 2020, a young black liberal feminist tries to enlist her opinionated, conflicted family in celebrating Kwanzaa with her for the first time.
  • The Beds We Make
    In a world where Trump is re-elected as president, the Supreme Court becomes conservative leaning, and Roe v. Wade is swiftly overturned, a competitive Christian mother and her mouthy, sarcastic daughter struggle with how to face the messy beds they have made after a long-kept secret is finally brought to light.
  • The Write Choice
    An insecure, early career, black playwright is flown out the night before a highly produced staged reading of her first play when she discovers upon arriving that her cast wasn't exactly what she had in mind.
  • Mother Earth Day
    In the midst of the most harrowing trade war the American farming community has ever seen, an aging and injured black farmer and his two sons struggle with how to best pass on their family's legacy to the next generation while awaiting the long anticipated news of Mother Earth's yearly delivery.

  • Legacy
    A black teen struggles to find the right words to explain to their overzealous mother why they are no longer interested in attending their family's legacy HBCU.
  • 19/20 Vision
    A young black woman in college, whose trauma of growing up in an abusive household has begun to leak out of the depths of her subconscious, and deeply affect her interactions with unknowing loved ones, must decide in school sponsored therapy if she will return home for winter break (or ever) after learning of her mother’s new engagement.
  • Olivia's Last Night in Venice
    The night before returning home Othello's sister, Olivia, decides to pay a visit to his lover, Desdemona, to make one final plea.