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Lynn Nottage

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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Playwright

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Chocolate
Favorite Time of Year:
September
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Barbados
Favorite Quote:
Oh Boy.

Birthplace

Born:
11/2/1964
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Playwright

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Chocolate
Favorite Time of Year:
September
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Barbados
Favorite Quote:
Oh Boy.

Birthplace

Born:
11/2/1964
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Playwright Lynn Nottage was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1964. At age eight, she had already written her first play. Her inspiration came from the women in her family. Her grandmother, mother, and other women were the nurses, teachers, activists and artists in the Brooklyn neighborhood where she grew up. Nottage is a graduate of New York’s High School of Music and Art in Harlem where she earned her high school diploma in 1982. That same year, she enrolled at Brown University where she received her B.A. degree in 1986. She continued her studies and received her M.F.A. degree in playwriting at Yale School of Drama in 1989.

Nottage became a full-time playwright in the 1990s after spending four years at Amnesty International as national press officer. Her first break came as a commissioned monologue for a musical entitled, A...My Name is Still Alice. In 1993, her short play, Poof!, about a woman whose husband spontaneously combusts premiered at the Actors Theater in Louisville, Kentucky, where it won the Heideman Award. In 1996, the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois, produced one of her most known plays, Crumbs from the Table of Joy, in its family outreach series.

Nottage took a break from writing for nearly seven years, but in 2003, her drama Intimate Apparel, a play about an African American seamstress in turn of the century New York, won major awards including the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the Francesca Primus Prize and the Steinberg Award. In 2004, actress Viola Davis won a Drama Desk Award for her outstanding performance in Intimate Apparel at the Roundabout Theatre Company in New York City.

Nottage’s plays are being produced the world wide. She continues to write in her Brooklyn home where she resides with her husband and daughter.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Lynn Nottage lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Lynn Nottage describes her mother and maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Lynn Nottage describes her great-grandmother's immigration to New York from Barbados
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Lynn Nottage talks about her mother's childhood and career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Lynn Nottage describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Lynn Nottage talks about her mother's biological and adopted fathers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Lynn Nottage talks about her mother's education and when her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Lynn Nottage shares her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Lynn Nottage describes her mother's political activism
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Lynn Nottage remembers her experience in elementary school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Lynn Nottage describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Lynn Nottage recalls enrolling at The High School of Music and Art in New York City, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Lynn Nottage recalls her childhood awareness of racism
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Lynn Nottage recalls the lack of images of African American women in the media during her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 16 - Lynn Nottage recalls writing her first play, "The Darker Side of Verona," while in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Lynn Nottage describes her exposure to African American artists and playwrights
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Lynn Nottage recalls her experience as a teenager in New York City, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Lynn Nottage describes what hip hop music meant to her in the 1980s and how 2000s hip hop is different
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Lynn Nottage describes the impact that Charles Fuller's plays had on her as a teenager
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Lynn Nottage describes her decision to enroll at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island in 1982
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Lynn Nottage describes her experience attending Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and Yale School of Drama in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Lynn Nottage talks about the African American women writers who influenced her
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Lynn Nottage describes her experience at the Yale School of Drama in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Lynn Nottage describes her experience as a national press officer for Amnesty International from 1989 until 1993
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Lynn Nottage talks about the success of her 1993 play "Poof!"
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Lynn Nottage talks about leaving Amnesty International to focus on her playwriting
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Lynn Nottage talks about some of her early plays, including "Crumbs from the Table of Joy"
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Lynn Nottage talks about her play "Por'Knockers"
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Lynn Nottage talks about being a part of a multicultural playwriting collective
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Lynn Nottage talks about her plays "Mud, River, Stone" and "Intimate Apparel"
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Lynn Nottage talks about the success of her 2003 play "Intimate Apparel"
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Lynn Nottage talks about her 2004 play "Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine"
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Lynn Nottage talks about her community of contemporary African American playwrights, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Lynn Nottage talks about her community of contemporary African American playwrights, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Lynn Nottage reflects on her identity as an artist
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Lynn Nottage describes how her plays have been inspired by her mother and her mother's friends
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Lynn Nottage describes her plans and her inspiration for the play "Ruined"
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Lynn Nottage describes her plans for the play "By the Way, Meet Vera Stark"
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Lynn Nottage talks about her daughter
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Lynn Nottage talks about the legacy of African Americans in the theater
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Lynn Nottage reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - Lynn Nottage reflects upon the importance of The HistoryMakers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 14 - Lynn Nottage reflects on her career