Zora Howard

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Biography

Zora Howard is a playwright, performer, and director. She is rooted in the iterative processes of witnessing and telling. Her work centres around the themes of diaspora, Black cultural traditions, and relational intimacy. Often with a strong and incisive narrative voice, Zora commits to rendering lived truths not only legible but tangible on the stage. Her plays include STEW, BUST, HOLDING, and GOOD FAITH. Her projects have been developed at SPACE at Ryder Farm, The Lark, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Escola do Largo, and Cape Cod Theatre Project, among others. In 2020, her feature film Premature premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the Film Independent John Cassavetes Award, which she co-wrote with filmmaker Rashaad Ernesto Green. Zora Howard is inaugural Judith Champion Fellow at Manhattan Theatre Club, a former Van Lier New Voices Fellow at the Lark Theatre, a 2022 Lilly Award and Helen Merrill Award recipient and is currently under commission from the nonprofit theatre Seattle Rep, the Manhattan Theatre Club and Wessex Grove.

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