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Katori Hall is a playwright-performer hailing from Memphis, Tennessee. Her award winning play, Hoodoo Love received its world-premiere at the Cherry Lane Theatre November 1, 2007. It was developed under Lynn Nottage as part of the theatre’s 2006 Mentor Project. Hoodoo Love received three 2006 AUDELCO nominations (Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, August Wilson Playwright Award), the play winning for Best Supporting Actress.

Her other plays include: Remembrance (Women’s Project/World Financial Center site specific work), Hurt Village (Classical Theatre of Harlem Future Classics Reading Series, BRIC Studio), Saturday Night/Sunday Morning, The Mountaintop, and Freedom Train (KCACTF 10 minute play national finalist).

She is a recipient of numerous awards including the 2007 Fellowship of Southern Writers Bryan Family Award in Drama, 2006 New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship in Playwriting and Screenwriting, 2006 Royal Court Theatre Residency, 2005 Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award. Recently, she was nominated for the Wendy Wasserstein Prize and the Susan Smith Blackburn Award.

As an actor, her credits include Law & Order: SVU, The President’s Puppets (The Public), Growing Up a Slave (American Place Theatre), Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (American Place Theatre), the world premiere of Amerika (Theatre de la Jeune Lune/American Repertory Theatre), Spring Awakening (Moscow Art Theatre School), Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death (Classical Theatre of Harlem), Schooled (WOW Café Theatre) and Black Girl (Sande Shurin Theatre).

As a journalist, her work has been published in The Boston Globe, Essence, Newsweek and The Commercial Appeal. Current writing projects include a Memphis-set drama triptych, an adaptation of Antigone for Fluid Motion Theater & Film, a screenplay coadaptation of Nottage’s Mud, River, Stone and a memoir entitled Oreogirl.

She graduated from Columbia University in 2003 with a major in African-American Studies and Creative Writing. She was awarded top departmental honors from the university’s Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS). In 2005, she graduated from the American Repertory Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University, receiving a Master of Fine Arts in Acting. She now attends the Juilliard School’s Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Program.

She is a proud member of the Women’s Project Playwrights’ Lab, the Lark Playwrights’ Workshop and the Dramatists Guild.