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Nathan Davis

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Nathan Alan Davis’ plays include The High Ground (upcoming at Arena Stage), The Refuge Plays (McCarter Theatre), Nat Turner in Jerusalem (New York Theatre Workshop), Dontrell Who Kissed the Sea (NNPN Rolling World Premiere), and The Wind and the Breeze (Cygnet Theatre). His plays have been commissioned and developed by The Public Theater, NYTW, McCarter Theatre, Arena Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Indiana Rep., The Lark, New Harmony, and Sundance. Awards and honors include a Whiting Award in Drama, the Stavis Playwright Award, a Steinberg/ATCA New Play Citation, a 2050 Fellowship, a Rita Goldberg Fellowship, the Blue Ink Award, and the Lorraine Hansberry Award. Nathan is a graduate of Juilliard’s Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program. He holds an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Indiana University and a B.F.A. in Acting from the University of Illinois.


Nat Turner in Jerusalem to open New York Theatre Workshop’s 2016/17 season | NY Theatre Workshop

The Wind and the Breeze named winner of the 2016 Blue Ink Playwriting Award” | Broadway World

First Look at New Neighborhood/Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre’s Reading of The Refuge Plays trilogy” | Broadway World

Theatre Alliance (DC) production of Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea receives five Helen Hayes Awards nominations, including Outstanding Play” | Washington Post

The Refuge Plays at Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Centre, May 8 – June 7, 2020

Nathan Alan Davis named among winners of 2020 Steinberg Playwright Awards” | Playbill, December 21, 2020

Spring Course Explores Racism and Trenton’s Art Scene” | Princeton University Humanities Council, January 15, 2021

Introducing the 2021 Windham Campbell Prize Recipients in Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, and Drama” | THE DONALD WINDHAM-SANDY M. CAMPBELL LITERATURE PRIZES, March 2021

Eight writers awarded Yale’s Windham-Campbell Prizes” | Yale News, March 22, 2021

Nathan Alan Davis receives Windham-Campbell Prize for Drama” | Princeton University News, April 1, 2021





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