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Writers’ Q&A with Nia Akilah Robinson

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Theatre503 Writers’ Programme: Q&A with Nia Akilah Robinson

This will be a chance to meet Nia Akilah Robinson, the writer of The Great Privation: How to flip ten cents into a dollar, and find out more about their upcoming play at Theatre503. Nia will be in conversation with Theatre503’s Literary Manager, Steve Harper. This will be followed by a question and answer session where you can ask your own questions.

Date: Wednesday 8 May 2024

Time: 7 – 8pm

Running time: 1 hour – delivered online via Zoom. 


Nia Akilah Robinson (she/her) is a playwright and actor who reps Harlem with all her might. She is a graduating second-year playwright in the Juilliard School’s Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program. Her work has been seen and developed with Steppenwolf Theatre, The Hearth, The New Group, Theatre503 (UK), The Ground Floor: Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Great Plains Theatre Conference, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Waterwell, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Urbanite, and New Georges. She has been a MacDowell Fellow, Travis Bogard Eugene O’Neill Foundation Fellow, and a writer for PEN America and EST/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (short play).

Nia has had residencies at NYSAF and The Pocantico Center through YoungArts. Nia’s work will be featured in the 2024 46th Bay Area Playwrights Festival, 2024 The Fire This Time Festival, was featured in the 2023 SPACE JAM @ Roundabout Theatre, and the 48th Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Short Play Festival. She participated in the National Black Theatre Soul Series and received the 2023 Film & TV Mentorship by Mitzi Miller. She has been awarded 1st Place for the 2023 A is For Playwriting Contest, the Next Wave Initiative Lorraine Hansberry Writing Scholarship, a Miranda Family Fund Commission, and the NYSCA Grant (CCCADI).

She was shortlisted for the 2023 Theatre503 International Playwriting Award. She was a finalist for the Audible Commission, the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, and the Blue Ink Playwriting Award. She is a member or alumna of Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Youngblood, I-73 at Page 73, The Orchard Project NYCGreenhouse, The Wish Collective, and TheBlackHERthePen. She is proudly represented by Alex Gold at Creative Artists Agency.

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