CHERYL L. WEST - PLAYWRIGHT
As a playwright, Cheryl West is the librettist for PLAY ON! (which ran on Broadway) and the author of several plays including the adaptation of the film AKEELAH AND THE BEE (recently seen at DC’s Arena Stage and Minneapolis Children’s Theatre 2015-2016). She is also the author of PULLMAN PORTER BLUES (premiered at Seattle Rep, DC’s Arena Stage and also played at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago), LIZZIE BRIGHT AND THE BUCKMINSTER BOY (2013 Distinguished Play Award - American Alliance for Theatre and Education), MOTHERHOOD OUT LOUD (co-author), ADDIE, AN AMERICAN GIRL STORY (21-city tour), BIRDIE BLUE, REJOICE, HOLIDAY HEART, PUDDIN' 'N PETE, JAR THE FLOOR, and BEFORE IT HITS HOME (Helen Hayes/Charles McArthur Award for Outstanding New Play and the Susan Smith Blackburn prize). She is a recipient of the National Endowment Playwriting Award and the Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP Best Playwright Award. Her plays have been produced in England, New York, and in numerous regional theatres including Minneapolis Children’s Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Rep, Arena Stage, Old Globe, The Goodman, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Bay Street Theatre Festival, Syracuse Stage, Cleveland Play House, South Coast Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Manhattan Theatre Club, and Off‐Broadway's Second Stage. Currently, Ms. West is commissioned to write three different musicals for Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre, DC’s Arena Stage and The Pasadena Playhouse.