Discipline: Theatre – playwriting

Bleu Beckford-Burrell

Discipline: Theatre – playwriting
Region: Yonkers, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2022

Bleu Beckford-Burrell is a first-generation Jamaican-American actor and playwright. Born and raised in New York City, she works for non-profit organizations where she teaches acting, writing, and directing to teens.

Her plays, many of which were award finalists or winners, include: P.S.365, Lyons Pride, and La Race, among others. She has had Fellowships at Page73, The Playwrights Realm, I73, and Colt Coeur.

While at MacDowell, she completed the second draft of her commissioned play for South Coast Repertory and the final draft of her animated pilot. She was also commissioned by Playwrights Horizon and Keen Company while in residence. Bleu will present the off-Broadway debut in fall 2022 of her play La Race with Page73 Productions.

Made at MacDowell

Fellow Works Supported by MacDowell

La Race (Play)


Van Zorn (formerly Kirby)

Bleu Beckford-Burrell worked in the Van Zorn (formerly Kirby) studio.

Constructed thanks to a bequest from Sarah L. Kirby, Kirby Studio was the last new building to be erected during Mrs. MacDowell’s leadership (1907-1951). The load-bearing masonry walls were laid by local mason Augustus Beaulieu atop a fieldstone foundation. A 1995 renovation preserved the brick fireplace with wooden mantel and…

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