Carolyn Nur Wistrand

Playwright

Carolyn Nur Wistrand is a New Orleans-based playwright originally from Flint, Michigan. Her plays include Rising (Mario-Fratti-Fred Newman International Political Playwriting Award, Castillo Theatre); 9 Steps from St. Ann Street (New Perspectives Theatre); When Marie Took the Power (Savannah Black Heritage Festival); She Danced With A Red Fish (Inkslinger National Playwriting Award, Southeastern Louisiana University); Dirt Bleeds (Tennessee Williams Literary Festival); Second Coming (Love Creek, Open Eye & Playwrights Preview Productions); Watchwomen (Commissioned for World Aids Day, Savannah State University); Táhirih (International Baha’i Youth Conference, University of Indiana,  Bloomington); Ida B. ‘N The Lynching Tree (Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History); and Magdalena’s Crossing-the result of a two year residency in El Paso, Texas-(Teatro Bravo, Bilingual Center for the Arts, 2019 Honoree, Jane Chambers Feminist Playwriting Award, Bridge Initiatives, Echo Theatre, Wordsmyth Theatre, and The Negro Ensemble Company). Her plays are published with Africa World Press, One Act Play Depot, Contemporary Drama Service, Coachella Review, Drama Notebook, and Carmel Publishers in Chandigarh, India. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, ICWP, a recipient of a MCACA/NEA Award and a NEH Summer Fellowship (Enhancing the Teaching of Ancient Greek Drama at Historically Black Colleges and Universities). Carolyn Nur lectures in The Dept. of Africana Studies, UM-Flint and is an Assistant Professor of English at Dillard University in New Orleans, the oldest HBCU in Louisiana.