ALLAN HAVIS (MFA, Yale School of Drama) Provost, Thurgood Marshall College.
Over three decades, Havis has had his plays produced at theatres across the country and in Europe, including San Diego Rep, Old Globe, Vox Nova, Seattle's ACT, Odyssey, Long Wharf, South Coast Rep, American Repertory Theatre, Hartford Stage, Virginia Stage, WPA, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Trapdoor Theatre, Coral Gable’s New Theatre, Interact Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Co. and Rowholt Theater-Verlag (National German Radio).
Works commissioned by England's Chichester Festival, Sundance, San Diego Rep, Ted Danson's Anasazi Productions, South Coast Rep, Mixed Blood, CSC Rep, Malashock Dance, Carolina Chamber Chorale, National Foundation for Jewish Culture, and UC San Diego.
Fifteen full length published plays including Morocco, Hospitality and The Haunting of Jim Crow: Penguin/Mentor, Theatre Communications Group, Broadway Play Publishing. University of Illinois Press published his edited volume: American Political Plays. Harper/Collins published his children's novel Albert the Astronomer. His book on ninety years of eccentric cinema, Cult Films: Taboo & Transgression, was published by University Press of America. In collaboration with renowned composer Anthony Davis, his play Lilith was re-imagined as a chamber opera, premiering at UC San Diego’s Conrad Prebys Concert Hall December 2009.
Recipient of Guggenheim, Rockefeller, Kennedy Center/American Express, CBS, HBO, National Endowment for the Arts Awards, San Diego Theatre Critics Circle 2003 Outstanding New Play for Nuevo California (co-written with Bernardo Solano) and San Diego’s 2008 Patté Best Play award for The Tutor. In May of 2010, Southern Illinois University Press published his second edited volume of American Political Plays, Post 9/11.