An Interview with Dominique Morisseau
Our Moment, Our Movement
Originally Aired: Wednesday, September 23, 2020
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Alison Stewart hosts director, playwright and MacArthur Genius Grant fellow Dominique Morisseau for the keynote address of The Public Forum at The Public Theatre’s Creative Activism summit. For more info and to see the rest of the programming at the summit, click here!
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CREATIVE ACTIVISM is a day-long summit of art, ideas, and action featuring some of the leading creatives and community organizers in our country. Each session will focus on how leaders apply creative solutions to movement building, community organizing and change-making in their world.
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Dominique Morisseau is the author of The Detroit Project (A 3-Play Cycle) which includes: Skeleton Crew (Atlantic Theater Company), Paradise Blue (Signature Theatre), and Detroit ’67 (Public Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem and NBT). Additional plays: Pipeline (Lincoln Center Theatre), Sunset Baby (LAByrinth Theatre); Blood at the Root (National Black Theatre) and Follow Me To Nellie’s (Premiere Stages). She is also the TONY nominated book writer for Broadway musical Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations (Imperial Theatre).
Dominique served as Co-Producer on the Showtime series “Shameless” (3 seasons) and is a recent MacArthur Genius Grant Fellow.
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