Donja R. Love
(photo credit: Brandon Nick)
2016-17 Van Lier New Voices Fellow
Donja R. Love is a Philadelphia born and raised Afro-Queer playwright, poet, and filmmaker.
Artistically driven by what his mother told him when he came out, “As a parent, all you want is for your child to live an easy life, but you won’t. Your life will be hard, because there are millions of people in this world who don’t even know you and want you dead,” his work examines identity by unapologetically dramatizing the multifaceted nuance of Blackness and Queerness – a diverse intersection filled with colorful stories, and a reimaging of monolithic narratives that challenge the white supremacist, heteronormative structures in American culture.
He's The Lark's 2016 Van Lier New Voices Playwriting Fellow, and The Playwrights Realm’s 2016-2017 Writing Fellow. He’s also the 2011 Philadelphia Adult Grand Slam Poetry Champion. His work has been featured in multiple festivals, The Advocate, Glaad, NBC, and many other publications.
He's the co-host of Broadway Black's podcast Off-Book, which highlights the work of Black artists on and off the Broadway stage. He’s the co-founder of Ademide Theatre Ensemble, which strives to strengthen the African-American theater experience through provocative works that highlight the quality of Black theater; and The Each-Other Project, an organization that helps build community and provide visibility, through art and advocacy, for GBTQ People of Color, (www.TheEachOtherProject.com).
Selected stage-plays include: Soft; Or The Dead N---- Poem (New Dramatists Resident Playwright Semi-finalist), and Sugar In Our Wounds (The Arch and Bruce Brown Playwriting Award). Selected film work: Modern Day Black Gay (web series), and Once A Star (short film).
Currently, he's working on a trilogy, The Love* Plays, that explores *Queer Love during pivotal moments in Black History: Slavery, The Civil Rights Movement, and the Black Lives Matter movement.
Facebook: Donja R. Love | IG: @donjarhakymelove
last edited 3/20/2017