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Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (Incumbent)

Serving on the Dramatists Guild Council has been an honor and a highlight of my professional life. I remain committed to uprooting all forms of a playwright’s exploitation in (and beyond) the field and advocating for the fullest educating possible of dramatist at any levels (students to established), especially in regard to their contractual rights.

I remain passionate about issues of diversity, not just in terms of race and gender but age and geography. I remain interested in fostering conversation between generations and across regions, creating a professional climate of knowledge-sharing and mentorship. To this end, I have served on the Contracts Committee and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, paying particular attention to the ways in which the broader field must change in accordance to the transformation of the American Theatre itself. I have also led to the resurrection of the Awards Committee with a commitment to providing informational resources and counseling for all artists about the financial realities of prize economies and, importantly, to bringing overdue attention and recognition to colleagues working tirelessly outside of the New York City area.

If re-elected, I will seek to deepen and continue this work for a more inclusive, more enlightened, more sustainable field.


BIO: Branden is a Washington DC native and Brooklyn-based playwright, whose works for the theatre include Everybody, Gloria, An Octoroon, and Appropriate. A Residency Five playwright at Signature Theatre and two-time Pulitzer finalist, his other recent honors include the Charles Wintour Award from the London Evening Standard, a MacArthur fellowship, the Windham-Campbell Prize for Drama, the Benjamin Danks Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Steinberg Playwriting Award, and the inaugural Tennessee Williams Award. He holds an MA in Performance Studies from NYU and is a graduate of the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwrights Program at the Juilliard School. He has taught playwriting at NYU, Juilliard, Princeton, Hunter College, and Baruch

College and, in 2019, he will join the faculty of University of Texas’s MFA program. He also serves on the board of Soho Rep.

COMMITTEES: Awards (Co-Chair), Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

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