Dominique Morisseau


Dominique Morisseau is the author of The Detroit Project, a three-play cycle that includes Skeleton Crew (Atlantic Theater Company/Scott Rudin), Paradise Blue (Williamstown Theatre Festival), and Detroit ’67 (Public Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem, and NBT). Her additional plays include Sunset Baby (LAByrinth Theater), Blood at the Root (National Black Theatre), and Follow Me to Nellie’s (Premiere Stages). She is an alumna of the Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group, Women’s Project Lab, and Lark Playwrights Workshop, and has developed work at Sundance Lab and Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference. Morisseau’s work has been commissioned by the Hip-Hop Theater Festival, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Women’s Project, South Coast Rep, People’s Light and Theatre, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival/Penumbra Theatre.

She has received numerous honors for her work, including a Stavis Playwright Award, NAACP Image Award, Spirit of Detroit Award, Weissberger Award, PoNY Fellowship, Sky Cooper New American Play Prize, TEER Spirit Trailblazer Award, Steinberg Playwright Award, the Samuel French Award for Impact & Activism in the Theatre Community, Graham F. Smith Peace Foundation Prize for promotion of human rights (Blood at the Root), Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama (Detroit ’67), and Obie Award (Skeleton Crew).

Morisseau currently serves as co-producer on the Showtime series Shameless. Her new play, Pipeline, recently completed its run at Lincoln Center, and her new musical, Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations, is currently running at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.