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Katori Hall

KATORI HALL is a playwright and performer from Memphis, Tennessee. Her award-winning play Hoodoo Love premiered at Cherry Lane Theatre in 2007. It was developed under Lynn Nottage as part of the theatre’s Mentor Project and received three AUDELCO nominations. Her other plays include Remembrance, Hurt Village, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning, The Mountaintop, On the Chitlin’ Circuit, and Freedom Train (KCACTF ten minute play national finalist). Her work has been developed and presented at the American Repertory Theatre, Kennedy Center, Cherry Lane Theatre, Classical Theatre of Harlem, BRICLab, Women’s Project, New Professional Theatre, The O’Neill, the Juilliard School, Stanford University, and Columbia University. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Lecompte du Nouy Prize, North Manhattan Arts Alliance Fellowship, New York State Council on the Arts Grant, New Professional Theatre’s Writers’ Festival award, Fellowship of Southern Writers Bryan Family Award, New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship, Royal Court Theatre Residency, and the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award. She has also been a Kennedy Center Playwriting Fellow. As an actor, her credits include Law & Order: SVU, The President’s Puppets (The Public), Growing Up a Slave (American Place Theatre), Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (American Place Theatre), Amerika (Theatre de la Jeune Lune), Spring Awakening (Moscow Art), Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death (Classical Theatre of Harlem), Schooled (WOW Café), and Black Girl (Sande Shurin). As a journalist, her work has been published in The Boston Globe, Essence, and Newsweek. She graduated from Columbia University with a major in African-American Studies and Creative Writing. In 2005, she graduated from the American Repertory Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard. She is now a student in the Juilliard School’s Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program. She is a proud member of the Women’s Project Playwrights’ Lab, the Lark Playwrights’ Workshop, and the Dramatists Guild. Visit www.katorihall.com.

Bio as of 8/2013