Discipline: Theatre – playwriting

Antoinette Nwandu

Discipline: Theatre – playwriting
Region: Weehawken, NJ
MacDowell fellowships: 2017

Antoinette Nwandu is a New York-based playwright via Los Angeles. In June 2018, Steppenwolf presented the World Premiere of her play Pass Over, which sparked a national conversation about bigotry and implicit bias in critical responses. Her play Breach received a World Premiere at Victory Gardens in February 2018. Antoinette’s plays have been supported by the Cherry Lane Mentor Project (mentor: Katori Hall), Kennedy Center, Page73, Ars Nova, PlayPenn, Space on Ryder Farm, Southern Rep, The Flea, Naked Angels, Fire This Time, and The Movement Theater Company. Honors include spots on the 2016 and 2017 Kilroys lists, the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, the Negro Ensemble Company’s Douglas Turner Ward Prize, a Literary Fellowship at the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference and the 2019 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play for Pass Over. Antoinette spent her time in residence working on an adaptation of Iphigenia at Aulis, an Ancient Greek tragedy.


MacDowell Studios: Mansfield

Antoinette Nwandu worked in the MacDowell Studios: Mansfield studio.

The Helen Coolidge Mansfield Studio was donated by graduates of the Mansfield War Service Classes for Reconstruction Aides. Helen Mansfield helped found the New York MacDowell Club. The small, shingled frame structure with stone foundation was originally fronted on the west side by a neat white picket fence and gate, a garden, and a stone pathway…

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