Angela J. Davis


Angela J. Davis

Angela J. Davis is the author of The Spanish Prayer Book (The Road Theatre Company, 2019-20 season; praised by the L.A. Times as an L.A. Times Best Bet and "a literate meditation on the boundaries of art and social responsibility" and by literary critic and former Pulitzer Prize Jury Chair Steven Leigh Morris as "a beautiful, intricate, and important new play" ), AGATHE (recipient of multiple national and international honors, including The Landing Theatre New American Voices Award, SETC Getchell Award for Outstanding New Full-Length Play, Sohaya Visions / RAFTA (London) Final Short List, Jane Chambers Award Finalist, Henley Rose Finalist, Clara and Serra and The Talking Bear (commissioned by Antaeus Theatre Company for its inaugural season of radio plays and produced in digital format by Playhouse Creatures - NYC),  and Hong Kong Date Night (selected best comedic short by an international jury for Ojai Valley Arts Ensemble).

Named the 2020 honorary playwright in residence by PlayFest Santa Barbara, additional playwriting honors include the New American Voices Award (2020), Eugene O’Neill semi-finalist (three times: 2017, 2018, 2020), Moss Hart & Kitty Carlisle Hart New Play Initiative - Top 21 playwrights (2018), ATHE Award for Excellence in Playwriting 2nd Place Winner (2018), Marsha A. Croyle Award for Achievement in Playwriting (2019), PlayPENN Top-12 Finalist (2017), FutureFest - Official Selection (2017), SETC New Play Award - First Place Winner (2021) and First-Alternate (2018), Playhouse Creatures/ Dr. R.J. Rodriguez (NYC) Award, Julie Harris Award top 5 (2019), and MultiStages (NYC) New Play Award top 12 (2017).  

Angela’s plays AGATHE (2020 Playhouse on the Square New Works at the Works Official Selection, The Road Theatre Company SPF 11, forthcoming at HRC Showcases), Charlotte (Hidden River Arts Award), The Czar’s Daughters (Pittsburgh Original Works Series), and Mata H. (Frostburg Art Center New Play Series; Sky Blue Theatre (London) / British Theatre Challenge Short List) are each part of the 365 Women a Year International Playwriting Project. 

Recent work presented and/or forthcoming at Playhouse on the Square, Antaeus Theatre Company,The Landing Theatre, The Chameleon Theatre Circle, The HRC Showcase Theatre, The Road Theatre Company, The Blank Theatre, The Itinerant Theatre Company, Theatre In the Raw (Vancouver), Sugarloaf Performing Arts Center, Viterbo, and elsewhere. 

Angela’s poetry, prose, and essays appear in numerous national publications, including a University of Iowa Press anthology. 

A Pushcart Prize nominee, three-time Eugene O’Neill semi-finalist, and one of sixteen writers selected as Literary Hosts for the 2018 PEN America LitFest, Angela holds degrees from Stanford and UCLA. Member of Dramatists Guild of America, PEN America, and the Antaeus Theatre Company Playwrights Lab. Website:




Angela J. Davis is the author of The Spanish Prayer Book (The Road Theatre Company, 2019-20 Season; L.A. Times Best Bet), AGATHE (2020 New American Voices Award, 2021 SETC Getchell Award), Clara and Serra and The Talking Bear (Antaeus Theatre Company 2020, Playhouse Creatures NYC 2021) and other plays. Recipient of multiple playwriting honors and awards and a three-time Eugene O'Neill semi-finalist; she holds degrees from Stanford and UCLA.