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Afro-Atlantic Playwright Festival, Minneapolis, July 12-14

The Playwrights’ Center is thrilled to announce the Afro-Atlantic Playwright Festival, inspired by a month long residency of African and African American playwrights in France. 

In 2018, eight accomplished black playwrights—four from Africa and four from the U.S.—convened in Cassis, France, to participate in the Camargo Foundation’s Cultural Diaspora residency, conceived and curated by award-winning Minneapolis based playwright Carlyle Brown. Made possible by the generosity of the National Endowment for the Arts, Jerome Foundation, Ford Foundation, and FACE Foundatin (French American Cultural Exchange), its goal was to unite established artists “from opposite ends of the Africanist Diaspora,” in Brown’s words. Now, in 2019, that residency has inspired the Afro-Atlantic Playwright Festival

The eight participants in the residency were: Bode Asinyabi (Benin City, Nigeria), France-Luce Benson (New York City, U.S.), Kara Lee Corthron (New York City, U.S.), Kimberly Ellis (Pittsburgh, U.S.), Blessing Hungwe (Harare, Zimbabwe), Zainabu Jallo (Bern, Switzerland/Nigeria), Genevieve Jessee (San Francisco, U.S.), and Femi Osofisan (Ibadan, Nigeria).

The residency has inspired the Afro-Atlantic Playwright Festival (taking place at the Playwrights’ Center, Minneapolis, July 12–14, 2019). The festival is free and open to the public and will include workshops, panel discussions, and staged readings of the works completed during the residency.

The three-day festival is made possible by kind support from the Venturous Theater Fund, The Ford Foundation and FACE Contemporary Theater, a program of FACE Foundation.

Looking toward the future, the Camargo Foundation has plans to broaden the scope of the Cultural Diaspora program, expanding it to six weeks and opening applications up to playwrights of African descent from across the globe.

Program of The Afro-Atlantic Playwright Festival

Friday, July 12, 7:00pm Deux Femmes On The Edge De La Revolution by France-Luce Benson


Saturday, July 13, 1:00pmNot All Canoes Sail Back Home: Maya, Maryse, And Efua In Nkrumah's Ghana by Femi Osofisan


Saturday, July 13, 7:00pm We Take Care Of Our Own by Zainabu Jallo


Sunday, July 14, 1:00pm - Roundtable discussion with Carlyle Brown, Chuck Mike, France-Luce Benson, Zainabu Jallo, and Femi Osofisan


For more information, artist portraits, or to schedule interviews, please contact: Muriel Rose, Development and Communication Coordinator, Camargo Foundation, Cassis, France: mrose@camargofoundation.org

To learn more about how to support the Camargo Foundation, please contact: Cathy Lang Ho, Director of U.S. Development and Partnerships, Camargo Foundation, New York, NY: cho@camargofoundation.org

For more information about the Playwrights’ Center, please contact: Gregory Collins, Director of Marketing and Communications, Playwrights’ Center, Minneapolis, MN: gregoryc@pwcenter.org