Kia Corthron


Kia Corthron's A Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick premiered at Playwrights Horizons in spring 2010. Other plays include Moot the Messenger; Light Raise the Roof; Snapshot Silhouette; Slide Glide the Slippery Slope; The Venus de Milo Is Armed; Breath, Boom; Force Continuum; Splash Hatch on the E Going Down; Seeking the Genesis; Digging Eleven; Life by Asphyxiation; Wake Up Lou Riser; Come Down Burning; Cage Rhythm.

Awards include the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Creative Arts Residency, McKnight National Residency, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Award for Excellence in the Arts, Barbara Barondess MacLean Foundation Award, AT&T On Stage Award, Daryl Roth Creative Spirit Award, Mark Taper Forum's Fadiman Award, NEA/TCG, Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, New Professional Theatre Playwriting Award, Callaway Award, Connections Contest winner, and in television a Writers Guild Outstanding Drama Series Award and Edgar Allan Poe Award for The Wire.

She was also a recipient of the second annual Windham Campbell Prize for Drama.


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Playwright Kia Corthron wins $150,000 literary prize / Kia Corthron, a playwright of lyrical language and hard subjects who has been associated with the Children's Theatre and Penumbra in the Twin Cities, has won a Windham Campbell Prize, Yale University announced on Friday.

A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights: Kia Corthron / On September 15th, playwright Kia Corthron will officially receive a Donald Windham-Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prize from Yale University.

Windham Campbell Prizes / Through her command of dramatic spectacle, Kia Corthron places often unheard and marginalized characters within a historical and political context that gives their lives an urgent and poetic resonance.

Oscar Winner Holly Hunter Will Join Kia Corthron's Life by Asphyxiation Reading at the Public / Holly Hunter, best known for her Oscar-winning performance in "The Piano," has joined the cast of The Public Theater's first Drama Club Public Forum, which will be held Oct. 20 at 7 PM at Joe's Pub and feature a reading and discussion of Kia Corthron's Life by Asphyxiation.

A Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick / Bathroom. ABEBE stands, staring at the toilet from the other side of the room for several moments

Cage Rhythm / Playwright Kia Corthron is one of the most well-regarded young writers in contemporary theatre,” said director Nefertiti Burton. “In ‘Cage Rhythm,’ she captures the daily ‘hell’ of incarcerated women

Breath, Boom / When Kia Corthron brings in the noise in ''Breath, Boom,'' her assaultive play at Yale Repertory Theater, the audience is instantly hurled into the din of the mean dark streets in the Bronx


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