Episode 24 - Dominique Morisseau - State of Theater, Wisdom to Upcoming Writers & More

Episode 24 - Dominique Morisseau - State of Theater, Wisdom to Upcoming Writers & More

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Detroit native Dominique Morisseau joins me for the 24th episode of The Creation Grounds. We discuss her process in writing, what upcoming writers can do to improve and much more.

Dominique's work has been featured on Broadway, regionally as well as on screens. Dominique Morisseau is the author of The Detroit Project (A 3-Play Cycle) which includes the following plays: Skeleton Crew (Atlantic Theater Company), Paradise Blue (Signature Theatre), and Detroit '67 (Public Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem and NBT). Additional plays include: 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 on the new Broadway musical Ain't Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations (Imperial Theatre). Dominique is alumna of The Public Theater Emerging Writer's Group, Women's Project Lab, and Lark Playwrights Workshop and has developed work at Sundance Lab, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Eugene O'Neil Playwrights Conference. She most recently served as Co-Producer on the Showtime series “Shameless” (3 seasons). Additional awards include: Spirit of Detroit Award, PoNY Fellowship, Sky-Cooper Prize, TEER Trailblazer Award, Steinberg Playwright Award, Audelco Awards, NBFT August Wilson Playwriting Award, Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama, OBIE Award (2), Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellowship, Variety's Women of Impact for 2017-18, and a recent MacArthur Genius Grant Fellow.


Some Questions I Ask:

First thing she generally does day to day? (2:30)

If had to personify your parents to a poem or album which album or poem would it be and why? (3:45)

About the day she discovered she didn't want to just act but write (5:55)

Which book or play have you gifted the most in the past year and why? (7:55)

If students are about to graduate college and feel uncertain about their careers or the creative process what practical advice would you give them to get started? (11:50)

What character have you written that you have been most nourished by or learnt the most from? (14:30)

On Pitching a script (17:40)

State of theater: what she likes & what she wishes would change (20:24)

Streaming services & theater (22:57)

If you could put a motto on a billboard in Times Square what would it be? (26:15)

On her current project "Ain't Too Proud" (28:48)

Who's the first person you think of when you hear the word "creative"? (30:24)


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