photo credit: Adam Murphy

photo credit: Adam Murphy


Adrienne Dawes is a mixed-race Afro-Latina playwright originally from Austin, TX. Her plays include Casta, Denim Doves, Am I White, Teen Dad, and more. She received her bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College and studied sketch and improv with Second City in Chicago, IL.

Adrienne has been a Tulsa Artist Fellow (George Kaiser Family Foundation), an artist-in-residence with Crosstown Arts, a NALAC Fund for the Arts grantee, a selected playwright in the 2018 Fornés Playwriting Workshop (with Migdalia Cruz) and the 2018 Kenyon Review Playwrights Conference (directed by Wendy MacLeod). Adrienne’s play Am I White won the David Mark Cohen New Play Award from the Austin Critics Table and an award for Outstanding Original Script by the B. Iden Payne Awards. She has a been a finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and a semifinalist for the Princess Grace Award. Her work has been published by Vintage Books, Playscripts, Heartland Plays, Heuer Publishing, and Applause Theatre & Cinema Books.

Her full-length plays have been produced by Salvage Vanguard Theater (Austin, TX), Sacred Fools (Los Angeles, CA), and American Theatre Company (Tulsa, OK). Adrienne’s work has also been developed with B Street Theatre, TheatreSquared, North Carolina Black Repertory, Teatro Milagro, National Black Theatre, National Winter Playwrights Retreat (HBMG Foundation), English Theatre Berlin, and Live Girls! Theater. Adrienne is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Latinx Theatre Commons, ScriptWorks and a company member of Salvage Vanguard Theater.

In 2019, Adrienne will be an Alice Judson Hayes Fellow (Ragdale Foundation) and an artist-in-residence with PlySpace.

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