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Phanésia Pharel

Second-year MFA Playwriting Student


Phanésia Pharel is a Haitian-American playwright from a Dragon Fruit farm in Miami. Daughter of an immigrant teacher and farmer, she writes to honor people.


Phanésia is a member of the Obie award-winning EST/ Youngblood group. Commissions include Hero Theatre, City Theatre Miami, the Latinx Playwrights Circle & Pregones/PRTT Greater Good Commission and Thrown Stone Theatre. Her work has been developed with the Old Globe, New York Stage and Film, Shattered Globe, Echo Theater Company of Los Angeles, and the Playwrights Center. 


Full lengths; THE WATERFALL (O'neill Finalist, Kennedy Center Lorraine Hansberry Award, Workshop, Old Globe Theatre, EST Bloodworks reading), R&B (Bay Area Playwrights Festival Finalist/Honorable Mention, Playwrights Realm Finalist), LUCKY (New York Stage and Film, Kennedy Center Latinx Playwriting Award, Kennedy Center Rosa Parks Playwriting Award). BLACK GIRL JOY (Kilroys 2023, Bay Area Playwrights Festival Finalist/Honorable Mention, Jane Chambers Finalist, Frank Moffett Mosier Fellowship for Works in Heightened Finalist Prize). Other Honors include New Harmony 2023 Finalist and City Theatre National Short Playwriting Finalist. 


Publishing: Concord Theatricals, Smith and Kraus Best Plays of 2020, Reset Coalition 2020 Anthology and the City Theatre Anthology. 



BA: Urban Studies, Barnard College of Columbia University.

MFA: Playwriting, University of California @ San Diego 25’