Charles Fuller: The Artist’s Story & His Journey
A well-dressed Black man wearing a tweed blazer over black turtleneck and a printed silk scarf loosely draped around his neck.
Charles Fuller delivering his acceptance speech for the 2015 Flora Roberts Award, awarded by the Dramatists Guild

In 1981, Walter Kerr of the New York Times announced to the world “You should make Mr. Fuller’s acquaintance. Now.” Over two decades later, making Mr. Fuller’s acquaintance is still eminently worthwhile. Charles Fuller was born in Philadelphia, where he was co-founder and co-director of the Afro-American Arts Theater. His play The Perfect Party received critical acclaim in 1969. Zooman and the Sign, which established Fuller as one of the most forceful voices in American theatre, won two Obies in 1980. Fuller’s A Soldier’s Play earned him the New York Critics Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize in 1982. His screen adaptation, A Soldier’s Story, received Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Best Screenplay in 1984.

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Charles Fuller

(1939-2022) was a member of the Dramatists Guild for over 40 years. He won the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for A Soldier’s Play, which received its Broadway debut in the 2019/2020 season, winning the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play.

Photo of a Black man wearing oval-shaped glasses and a striped dress shirt open at the collar. His hair and goatee are closely groomed.
Nathaniel G. Nesmith

, who is a 20th- and 21st-century drama specialist, received his Ph.D. in theatre from Columbia. He has published articles in American Theatre, The Drama Review, The Black Scholar, American Music, The New York Times, The Journal of American Drama and Theatre, The Yale Review, African American Review, Killens Review of Arts & Letters, New England Review, and other publications. He is a member of the Ensemble Theatre Studio Playwrights Unit. In addition to the Charles Fuller interview, he has published interviews with Robert Anderson and Arthur Laurents in The Dramatist.