Schereeya Reed

Schereeya Reed

I am a queer (she/her), autistic, Black mother of two under two where the bulk of my professional career has been conducted since becoming pregnant with my first child. I am an outspoken activist and leader in my spiritual community. I consume television programs and books at a higher rate than most people I know. I’ve been telling bad jokes since I was four years old. All of this to say, if there are two...
I am a queer (she/her), autistic, Black mother of two under two where the bulk of my professional career has been conducted since becoming pregnant with my first child. I am an outspoken activist and leader in my spiritual community. I consume television programs and books at a higher rate than most people I know. I’ve been telling bad jokes since I was four years old. All of this to say, if there are two things I’m good at, it’s loving people and using words.

I’m a storyteller, Writer, Comedian...Words matter and I try to say as many as possible.

My journey to this realization was meandering, and some may say unconventional, but every stop along the way made me uniquely placed to write the way I do today: characters that dare to resist the box they were told to stand in; themes that explore family, home and identity; stories that scream the humanity of those who are traditionally silenced.

In Jan 2020, I graduated from the University of York with a Master's in Theatre, Writing, Directing and Performance with the highest marks in the course. I finished my masters as an international student with my one year old son and thirteen year old sister in my care. During this time, my short play “Bride 2 Be?” was accepted and performed at the Uni of York Drama barn. It was also accepted into Theatre in the Fields, an outdoor festival in Hertfordshire, UK, though we cancelled the performance in order to support mental health needs of various cast members.

During the 18 months in England, I wrote “End of the Line” and “Ungodly”; Performed as Rosaline (aka Romeo) in a queer adaptation of Romeo and Juliet; shadowed the directors and actors at the Rose Shakespeare Theatre, the biggest professional outdoor Shakespeare festival in the UK; and completed the Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme in conjunction with SLATE- an application-only directing scheme.

In 2014 I graduated with a BA in Politics with a minor in theatre from Washington and Lee University. My final production was a play I wrote and directed entitled “I Am”, a verbatim play made from the lived experiences of Black women at a Predominately White Institute in the American South.

Prior to that, as a high schooler, I ran a summer and winter arts camp for disenfranchised children. Inspired by characters the children invented, I wrote three musicals and three straight plays all set in the mythical land of Skribble Land. I still mentor these kids, many of whom just graduated from university.

Plays

  • Ungodly
    Periwinkle reviews certain memories as she wrestles with realizing her father is not who she thought he was.

    Ungodly is a one-woman show written for intimate performance spaces.
  • End of the Line
    After years of running for the bus, Jamal learns that sometimes, it's okay to slow down, even if that means you miss it.

    End of the Line should not have race-blind casting.
  • Mama's Garden
    Mama’s Garden explores love, family, relationships in two acts. Mama wrestles with living in
    her husband’s shadow as her daughters navigate senior year of high school, a wedding and moving away from
    home, all while dealing with an alcoholic father. When an unexpected tragedy strikes, Mama has to decide
    what’s best for her family: staying meek and quiet, or taking matters into her own hands...
    Mama’s Garden explores love, family, relationships in two acts. Mama wrestles with living in
    her husband’s shadow as her daughters navigate senior year of high school, a wedding and moving away from
    home, all while dealing with an alcoholic father. When an unexpected tragedy strikes, Mama has to decide
    what’s best for her family: staying meek and quiet, or taking matters into her own hands. All she wants is peace
    in her home, but at what cost?

    First performed as a staged reading at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA (2017).