Harvard Black Playwrights Festival presents A Conversation with Antoinette Nwandu and Phillip Howze


Thursday, November 8, 2018, 8:00pm


Farkas Hall Room 203, 12 Holyoke St

Antoinette Nwandu is a New York-based playwright. Her play Pass Over  debuted at LCT3/Lincoln Center. A filmed version of the Jeff-award winning, Steppenwolf production—directed by Spike Lee—premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and at SXSW, and is currently streaming on Amazon Prime. Honors include the 2018 Whiting Award, the 2017 Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, the Negro Ensemble Company’s Douglas Turner Ward Prize, a Literary Fellowship at the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference, and spots on the 2016 and 2017 Kilroys lists. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English, magna cum laude, from Harvard College; an MS from The University of Edinburgh; and an MFA from NYU Tisch. Antoinette is a writer on the second season of Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It for Netflix, and is under commission from Echo Theater Company, Colt Coeur, Ars Nova, and Audible.


Phillip Howze is a playwright whose work has been developed or produced at Bay Area Playwrights Festival, BRIC-Arts Media, Clubbed Thumb, PRELUDE 2015, The Public Theater, San Francisco Playhouse, SPACE at Ryder Farm, and Yale Cabaret. A graduate of Yale School of Drama, he is a Fellow of the Sundance Institute Theater Lab, a member of the Emerging Writers Group at the Public Theater, a Lucas Artist Fellow at Montalvo Arts Center, and a Resident Writer at Lincoln Center Theater. Prior to attending graduate school, he worked in human rights advocacy and was an educator at the US Embassy’s cultural center in Rangoon, Burma. His NY playwriting debut, FRONTIERES SANS FRONTIERES, world-premiered in an extended, sold-out engagement at the Bushwick Starr, and was named one of the "10 Best Theatrical Productions of The Year" by New York Magazine. He is the newly-appointed Lecturer in Playwriting in Harvard's Theater, Dance and Media department.