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Episode 20
Micki Grant with Kia Corthron


Dramatists Guild Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Micki Grant discusses the challenges and rewards of writing book, lyrics and music in a conversation with fellow Council member Kia Corthron.


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Micki Grant

Lyricist, Composer, Writer, Actress

Micki Grant is a multi-award winning composer/lyricist, playwright and actress, and has been involved in the creation of eighteen musical productions, five of them on Broadway. Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope and Your Arms Too Short To Box With God were collaborations with Vinnette Carroll, as well as five others. Among her numerous awards are the Grammy, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Helen Hayes, NAACP Image Award, the National Black Theatre Festival’s Living Legend Award and the AUDELCO’s Outstanding Pioneer Award.

Works Include: Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope (Book, Music & Lyrics) 1970; Croesus And The Witch (Music & Lyrics)1971; Step Lively, Boy 1973; The Prodigal Sister ( Music & Lyrics) 1974; I'm Laughin' But I Ain't Tickled (1976); Working ("If I Could've Been," "Lovin' Al," and "Cleaning Women") 1978; It’s So Nice to Be Civilized (Book, Music & Lyrics) 1980; Phillis (Music & Lyrics) 1986.

Micki Grant will be honored by the Dramatists Guild with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Kia Corthron


Kia Corthron is the recipient of the Mark Taper Forum's Fadiman Award, a National Endowment for the Arts/TCG residency, a Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays grant, the Callaway Award, the New Professional Theatre Playwriting Award, a Van Lier Fellowship, Delaware Theatre Company's Connections Contest Award, and the Daryl Roth Creative Spirit Award through New Dramatists. She has developed work through the National Playwrights Conference, Audrey Skirball-Kenis Theater Projects, A Contemporary Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Crossroads Theatre Company's Genesis Festival, The Public Theater's New Work Now! Festival, the Shenandoah International Playwrights Retreat, Voice and Vision, Hedgebrook writer's retreat, the Circle Rep Lab and elsewhere. Kia is currently writing a play commissioned for Playwrights Horizons, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and the Guthrie Theater.

Works Include: Breath, Boom 2000; The Venus de Milo is Armed 2003; Slide Glide The Slippery Slope 2003; Point of Revue 2006; The Open Road Anthology 2007; Trickle 2009; A Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick 2010.