Donnetta Lavinia Grays

Donnetta Lavinia Grays – raised in Columbia, South Carolina – is a Brooklyn based actor and playwright. Her plays include LAST NIGHT AND THE NIGHT BEFORE (Upcoming World Premiere – Denver Center for the Performing Arts Winter 2019. 2017 Kilroys List. 2017 Colorado New Play Summit. 2015 National New Play Network New Play Showcase. 2015 Todd McNerney National Playwriting Contest Winner. 2014 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference Semifinalist.), LAID TO REST (2018 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference Finalist. 2017 Kilroys – List Honorable Mention. 2017 Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep. 2017 Space on Ryder Farm Creative Residency.), THE REVIEW OR HOW TO EAT YOUR OPPOSITION (2018 WP Pipeline Festival. 2013 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference Finalist.) THE NEW NORMAL and THE COWBOY IS DYING. She is a 2018 Space on Ryder Farm Working Farm Resident Playwright, a 2016-2018 Time Warner Foundation WP Playwrights Lab Member and is the inaugural recipient of the Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award. She is also a Civilians R&D Group, an Actors Studio Playwright/Directors Unit and terraNova Collective Groundbreakers Playwright group alumna. Her work has been read or developed by Berkeley Rep, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, The Labyrinth Theater Company, New York Theater Workshop, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Portland Stage Company, Pure Theatre Company, [the claque], Naked Angels, Classical Theater of Harlem, Slant Theater Project, terraNova Collective, Theatre 4 the People, TOSOS, The Group Lab and Coyote REP. Acting credits include Broadway’s IN THE NEXT ROOM OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY and WELL. Notable NY performance credits: TWELFTH NIGHT (The Public Theater/Mobile Unit) O, EARTH (The Foundry Theatre) MEN ON BOATS (Playwrights Horizons and Clubbed Thumb), SHIPWRECKED! (Primary Stages) and IN THE FOOTPRINT and BE THE DEATH OF ME with The Civilians as an Associate Artist. Regionally she is a 2-time Connecticut Critics Circle Award recipient and Helen Hayes Award nominee. Performing at American Conservatory Theater, Portland Stage Company, Westport Country Playhouse, Arena Stage, Hartford Theaterworks, Centerstage, The Huntington Theatre, Barrington Stage, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and The Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company. Film/TV credits include NEW AMSTERDAM (Pilot), HAPPY!, MATING, BOOK OF HENRY, WILD CANARIES, THE ENGLISH TEACHER, THE WRESTLER, THE NIGHT OF, BLUE BLOODS, THE BLACKLIST, all LAW & ORDERS, MERCY, RUBICON, THE SOPRANOS and A GIFTED MAN. Proud member of SAG-AFTRA, AEA and The Dramatist Guild of America.

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