The Kennedy Center

Jerome Hairston



Biography

Playwright Jerome Hairston has written for stage, film, and television and is a graduate of Columbia University's MFA playwriting program. As a playwright, his work has been developed and produced at theaters across the country, including Playwrights Horizons, The Atlantic Theater Company, Primary Stages, The Public Theater/NYSF, Hartford Stage, Arena Stage, New York Stage and Film, The McCarter Theater, Crossroads Theater Company, Naked Angels, The Sundance Theater Lab, and The Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. The Wings of Ikarus Jackson is proudly his third collaboration with the Kennedy Center's Theater for Young Audiences. His other plays include: a.m. Sunday (Humana Festival 2002, Centerstage Baltimore), L'Eboueur Sleeps Tonight, Forty Minute Finish (Humana Festival 1999), Method Skin, and Knife on Bone. He has received commissions from The Public Theatre/NYSF, Centerstage Baltimore, The McCarter Theater, The Children's Theater Company, The Bush Foundation/Guthrie New Play Program, and the Manhattan Theatre Club, where he was a 2001 playwriting fellow. He was honored by Beth Henley with the Fellowship of Southern Writers Bryan Family Foundation Award for Drama and was also a recipient of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education Distinguished Play Award, the Heideman Award, and a Joyce Award. His plays have been published by Samuel French, Playscripts Inc, Smith and Kraus, and featured in American Theatre Magazine. He is currently a writer for the television drama Smash on NBC.

 Current as of January 2012
Jerome Hairston