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James Earl Hardy is the author of the best-selling novel series, B-Boy Blues, which the stage play (a 2013 Downtown Urban Arts Festival/DUAF Audience Award winner) is adapted from. The film version, directed by Jussie Smollett, had its World Premiere at the American Black Film Festival in late 2021. Mr. Hardy also wrote and directed Confessions of a Homo Thug Porn Star, a 2010 DUAF Best Short Play winner. @james.e.hardy.9 (FB/IG) @James Earl Hardy (T)



Jennifer Cendana Armas is an actor-writer-singer-dancer creating diaspora stories, a commitment rooted in growing up first generation in Queens barrios and representing Filipinos’ African-Asian-Hispanic lineages. She is a Harlem Stage WaterWorks fellow, furthering work created with NYC Artist Corps Grant. ig: juniper_posts

Alano P. Baez is a playwright, Director, producer, songwriter/lyricist, singer/mc, actor, poet, sharer of knowledge/teaching artist and community agitator. In 2018, his play, Trash Talk: A Play About Garbage, won the award for best short play at the Downtown Urban Arts Festival (DUAF)

Cris Eli Blak is an award-winning playwright whose work has been performed Off-Broadway, in London, Australia, Canada and Ireland. He's developing work with Napa Valley Shakespeare, Company One, Derby City Playwrights, Et Alia Theater Company and Yonder Window Theatre Company. He's currently playwright-in-residence at Paterson Performing Arts Development Council.

Christin Eve Cato is a playwright and performing artist from the Bronx. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from Indiana University and completed her BA degree at Fordham University. Cato is also a graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for Music and Art and the Performing Arts. Her plays can be found on New Play Exchange.

Sheila Duane is a playwright and writing instructor at a community college in New Jersey.I am an alumnus of the DUAF; my plays, The Loom and Restoration Parts, were both chosen to be part of the festival in the past.My plays have also been produced at the JSAC in Ocean Grove as well as other locations in New Jersey. 

Elle has a writing style marrying whimsical wordsmithing with common labyrinthine themes to yield potent and relatable works. Her resume includes appearances Off-Broadway, at The Apollo, and on various major recordings. Elle was built in NYC, but currently resides in sunny San Diego where she decorates her days with word-wielding, motherhood, and tacos.


Isa Guzman is a poet and playwright from Brooklyn. Dedicating her work to the hardship, traumas and political struggle within the Boricua Diaspora, especially the LGBTQ+ (Boriquir) communities within it. She has published her work through magazines and also appears in anthologies, such as The Other Side of Violet and The Breakbeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNext. Special media: @Isa_Writes.


Michael Hagins -  Off-Broadway: The Long Rail North (Soho Rep, FringeNYC). New York Productions: Basement (Roly Poly Productions); Michael is Black, The Renaissance Dueling Plays (Planet Connections Theatre Festivity); The Vengeance Room (FRIGID Festival). Regional/Other: Hit and Match (Chicago Fringe, Johannesburg Fringe).


Marcus Harmon is a playwright, actor, and singer from Columbus, Ohio. He has staged two previous award winning plays for the Chain Theater and NY Summerfest. He was selected as a recipient of the Dramatist Guild Foundation award and this year's NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts) grant for playwriting. @marcus_harmon 


Alethea Harnish is a multi-disciplined artist in her final year of undergraduate studies at Columbia University. Her first full-length script won the Peter Awn Undergraduate Paper Prize from the Religion Department at Columbia, and she is currently writing her thesis, a script tentatively titled: this is your computer on drugs.


Zoe Howard  is a writer hailing from Asheville, North Carolina. Her work has been published  in The Onyx Review, the Voices & Visions literary journal, The Profile, and She is  currently earning an MFA in the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, Tisch School of  the Arts, New York University. 


Rollin Jewett is an award winning playwright, screenwriter, singer/songwriter, poet, author and photographer. His screenwriting credits include “Laws of Deception” and “American Vampire”. His short stories, poetry and photography have been published in numerous literary magazines and anthologies and his plays have been produced all over the world. 

Joy is a writer and actor from Connecticut.  She's raw ink. Point of view her own. Unapologetically Black. Woman. Dyke. Creative. Human.


Amira Mustapha is a Ghanaian-American born and raised in The Bronx. She is an actor, playwright, producer, and poet. Amira is the Founder and Executive Director of Art Defined Production, Inc, a non-profit organization dedicated to building platforms for literary and performing artists living in underserved communities. For more information visit 


Marcus Scott is a playwright, musical theatre writer and  journalist. At DUAF: Malaise, Blood Orange, Call & Response and Sundown Town. Selected plays: Sibling Rivalries (C-MORE Festival) and Tumbleweed (Dixon Place). Selected musicals: Cherry Bomb (NY Theatre Barn New Works Series) and Forever and a Day(Columbia College Chicago). He was commissioned by Heartbeat Opera to co-write a new adaptation of Beethoven’s Fidelio (The Met Museum; New York Times Critic's Pick).

Bryan-Keyth Wilson, the Literary Prince, is an award-winning playwright from Houston, Texas. Wilson studied Musical Theatre with a Dance emphasis at Sam Houston State University. He won two literary awards for his choreopoem FOR COLORED BOYZ on the verge of a nervous breakdown/ when freedom aint enuff at PPADC and The Fulton Theatre. IG: @literaryprince

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