Discipline: Theatre – playwriting

Khari Wyatt

Discipline: Theatre – playwriting
Region: Los Angeles, CA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2016, 2023

Khari Wyatt is the descendant of runaway slaves and inner-city America with its adversities, tragedies and triumphs; the son of high school sweethearts: a mother who is an artist and a father who courageously moved his young family from the rust-belt to our Nation's Capital to find a better life; the grandson of men who wore blue collars in auto plants and on railroad trains; the grandson of women who taught Sunday school and waitressed in greasy spoons. He is a writer.

Wyatt was one of eleven writers of #While We Breathe: A Night of Creative Protest, a streaming theatrical event produced by Brian Moreland and Arvind Ethan David. His audio plays, Zip Code 90011 South Central Los Angeles: Speakeasy and Zip Code 91331 Pacoima: Gold & Shine were commissioned and produced by Antaeus Theatre Company for its Zip Code Plays series. Moving Arts, Antaeus Theatre Company, Circle X Theatre Company, Chalk Repertory Theatre, and the DC Black Theatre Festival have hosted his plays for readings or workshops.

Other writing work has placed in competitions including, Disney/ABC Writers Program, Sony Pictures Entertainment Diversity Writers Program, AMC One-Hour Drama competition and Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition among others.

Some of the fellowships and grants he has received include the Guy Hanks/Marvin Miller Screenwriting Program, and the Panavision New Filmmaker Equipment Grant, and in 2023 he was a finalist for the New Dramatists Resident Company.

As an actor he has appeared on shows such as Shark, America’s Most Wanted, and Unforgettable. He also produced a spoken-word album, Mr. Wyatt – Elevator.

At MacDowell in 2016, Wyatt completed two pieces of short fiction, progressed on his two-act drama Smoke & Fire, and revised Some Type of Ecstasy. In 2023, he completed revisions of Starchild and Some Type of Ecstasy, and continued work on the first draft of his new play, The One (chosen for development in the Road Theatre Company and Under Construction Playwrights Group).



Khari Wyatt worked in the MacDowell studio.

Built in 1912, Pine Studio was renamed MacDowell Studio in 1943 in recognition of support from a group of Edward MacDowell’s music students. It was built as a composers’ studio and the stuccoed walls were intended to be soundproof. Like many of the studios on property, MacDowell was winterized in the 1950s when the program began welcoming…

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