Jacqueline E. Lawton is a playwright, dramaturg, professor, and advocate for Access, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the American Theatre. Her plays include: Among These Wild Things; Anna K; Blood-bound and Tongue-tiedDeep Belly BeautifulThe Hampton YearsThe Inferior Sex; IntelligenceMad Breed; and Noms de Guerre. She received her MFA in Playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a James A. Michener Fellow. She is a 2012 TCG Young Leaders of Color award recipient and an alum of National New Play Network (NNPN) Playwright Alum, Arena Stage’s Playwrights’ Arena, and Center Stage’s Playwrights Collective. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dramatic Art at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a production dramaturg at PlayMakers Repertory Company, and the Dramatist Guild’s North Carolina Regional Representative.
www.jacquelinelawton.com

Among These Wild Things examines the impact of American imperialism on post-colonial Nigeria through Jessie, a humanitarian aid worker who risks everything to build an Education Center in the heart of an internally displaced refugee camp. It will receive a multi-day developmental workshop at InterAct, along with a $1,000 cash award for the playwright.

Follow this play and Jacqueline’s other work on the New Play Exchange.

Inaugural New Play Development Award Finalists

Chloe HungModel Minority

Anna MoenchMan of God

Tira PalmquistThe Way North

Eric PfeffingerJoan Henry

Kyle John SchmidtThe Secretary

Stephanie Alison WalkerFriends With Guns

Jason Odell WilliamsThe Whole Shebang


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