HOUSE OF DINAH Team: Jerome A. Parker Dec 7, 2016

by Erin

Jerome A. Parker is a Brooklyn based playwright born in Harlem and raised in the Bronx.  His work has been developed through readings and productions at the Public Theater, the Old Vic, the Cherry Lane, Classical Theatre of Harlem, the National Black Theater, BAAD!, Company of Angels, and the Los Angeles Theater Center amongst others.  He's one of the featured playwrights, producers and artistic collaborators for the national theater project "Every28Hours Plays" to combat police brutality and activate communities - spearheaded by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the One-Minute Plays Festival. He'll collaborate with the Kennedy Center, National Black Theatre, Fahari Arts, Perfect Disgrace, and Artists Against Oppression for a national event to take place in October 2016.

Plays include: DIG (Fire this Time Festival); BALLAD OF SAD YOUNG MEN (Company of Angels, Downtown Urban Theater Festival, UCLA); MIRACLE ON MONROE (Kennedy Center, Public Theater); MACBETH, AGAIN! (Old Vic); STAG (SUNY – New Paltz); QUERELLE (The Lark Roundtable); LIKE JOHNNY IN THE DARK (National Black Theatre).

Also a librettist and lyricist, his collaborative projects include the operas and musicals: STRANGE FELLOWE (Club Fais Do Do) with composers Hitomi Oba and Nick DePinna; ARRANGEMENT (Symphony Space) with composer Elizabeth Lim; BLISS: A SOLDIER’S TALE (Public Theater); THE EARTH (NYMF) with composer Benjamin Velez; and HOUSE OF DINAH (UCLA, LATC, Celebration Theater, On the Boards).


Honors include graduate Lorraine Hansberry and Tim Robbins Awards, fellowships with Old Vic/New Voices and the O'Neill Theater Center, a special citation from Freedom Train Productions as a Citizen Theater Artist, a 2011 Lark PONY nomination, and residencies with the American Lyric Theatre’s Composer / Librettist Development Program 2014, Dramatist Guild Playwriting Fellow 2015 - 2016 and MacDowell Colony Fellow 2016.   He’s an alumnus of Williams College (Theatre), The Juilliard School (Production), UCLA (MFA/Playwriting), Prep for Prep 9, the New York Musical Theater Festival, and the Obie Award winning Fire This Time 2012-2013 and 48 Hours in Harlem 2015 Festivals.