Discipline: Theatre – playwriting

Nia Akilah Robinson

Discipline: Theatre – playwriting
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2022

Nia Akilah Robinson is a playwright and actor who reps Harlem with all her might. Residencies: 2022 Eugene O’ Neill Tao House and 2021 Prospect Street Writer’s House X Waterwell. Writers Collectives: EST's Youngblood and TheBlackHERthePen. Awards: 2022 Finalist for The Blue Ink Playwriting Award, 2021 Winner at Nuyorican’s Theater Festival, and 2021 Finalist for the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. Commissions: 2020 Charles Rowan Beye New Play Commission under Urbanite Theatre Company and 2020 PEN America. She has an Audio play titled Ebony & Nakeshia, produced by Ensemble Studio Theater, and directed by Colette Robert (Caroline or Change on Broadway). Readings: Principal Mitchell vs. Principal Ademide Udoku… with the Dramatist Guild; 2021 End Of Play in partnership with The 24 Hour Plays, 2020 Classical Theatre of Harlem's Playwright's Playground, and "TBHTP" collective readings at The Drama League. Workshops: 2022 Great Plains Theater Conference and 2020 Waterwell (WP Means White People). Nia Akilah Robinson generated a first draft of a full-length play set in Pennslvania while in residence.

Portrait by Stan Demidoff



Nia Akilah Robinson worked in the 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…

Learn more