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Donnetta Lavinia Grays

(Playwright) Donnetta Lavinia Grays – raised in Columbia, South Carolina – is a Brooklyn based actor and playwright. Her plays include LAID TO REST (New York Theater Workshop’s Mondays @ 3, 2017 Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep Summer Residency Lab, 2017 Space on Ryder Farm Residency),LAST NIGHT AND THE NIGHT BEFORE (2017 Colorado New Play Summit. 2015 National New Play Network New Play Showcase. 2015 Todd McNerney National Playwriting Contest Winner. 2014 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference Semifinalist), THE REVIEW OR HOW TO EAT YOUR OPPOSITION (2013 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference Finalist) THE NEW NORMAL and THE COWBOY IS DYING. She is a 2016-2018 Time Warner Foundation WP Playwrights Lab Member, a member of the Actors Studio Playwright/Directors Unit and is the inaugural recipient of the Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award. She is also a Civilians R&D Group and terraNova Collective Groundbreakers Playwright group alumna. Her work has received readings or has been developed by Berkeley Rep, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, The Labyrinth Theater Company, New York Theater Workshop, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Portland Stage Company, Pure Theatre Company, [the claque], Naked Angels, Classical Theater of Harlem, Slant Theater Project, terraNova Collective, Theatre 4 the People, TOSOS, The Group Lab and Coyote REP. Acting credits include Broadway’s IN THE NEXT ROOM OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY and WELL. Notable NY performance credits: MEN ON BOATS (Playwrights Horizons and Clubbed Thumb), TWELFTH NIGHT (The Public Mobile Shakespeare Unit) O, EARTH (The Foundry Theatre), SHIPWRECKED! (Primary Stages) and IN THE FOOTPRINT and BE THE DEATH OF ME with The Civilians as an Associate Artist. Regionally she is a 2-time Connecticut Critics Circle Award recipient and Helen Hayes Award nominee. Performing at American Conservatory Theater, Portland Stage Company, Westport Country Playhouse, Arena Stage, Hartford Theaterworks, Centerstage, The Huntington Theatre, Barrington Stage, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and The Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company. Film/TV credits include MATING, BOOK OF HENRY, WILD CANARIES, THE ENGLISH TEACHER, THE WRESTLER, THE NIGHT OF…, BLUE BLOODS, THE BLACKLIST, all LAW & ORDERS, MERCY, RUBICON, THE SOPRANOS and A GIFTED MAN. Proud member of The Actors Center Workshop Company, SAG- AFTRA, AEA and The Dramatist Guild of America.

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