Renowned American playwright Dominique Morisseau, recipient of a 2018 MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant," will take part in a live Q&A discussion at St. Francis College, during which she will address her experiences writing for theater and television, how playwrights can be activists and other topics.
Ben Snyder, the Dramatic Writing Coordinator for St. Francis College's Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program, will conduct the interview, which takes place March 27th at 7 p.m. in Founders Hall. An Evening With Dominique Morisseau is the first event produced by Write in Brooklyn, a new St. Francis College MFA discussion series with prominent writers from a range of genres.
Morisseau has authored more than nine plays, three of which make upThe Detroit Projects, an award-winning cycle that has been staged in major New York City theaters. Morisseau wrote the book for the jukebox musical Ain't Too Proud—The Life and Times of the Temptations, currently running on Broadway. Previously, she was a story editor for the television series Shameless on Showtime.
"Dominique is one of the foremost playwrights working today and her insights into the writing process and what it means to be part of an artistic community will undoubtably be invaluable to our students and thought-provoking for the community at large," said Snyder. "Our discussion will be a unique opportunity to understand how successful writers build careers and contribute to broader artistic discourse."
Snyder is also an accomplished playwright and screenwriter. His feature film directorial debut, 11:55, with Julia Stiles and John Leguizamo is currently streaming on Showtime. His original TV pilot, Nobody's Nobody's is in development with Warner Brothers Digital. He was the Story Consultant for the award-winning documentary The Wolfpack. His plays have been produced at P.S. 122, The Vineyard Theater, Crossroads Theatre, The Apollo Theater, New York Stage and Film, and at HBO's U.S. Comedy Arts Festival.