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Resources for more inclusive canon

  • From the National Theatre, The Black Plays Archive

    The aim of the project is to document the first professional production of every play by black British, African and Caribbean writers in the UK. The Black Plays Archive does not include performance poetry and art, readings, revues, cabaret, recitations, sketches or puppet shows. The project focuses solely on the premieres of these plays and as a result does not provide information for all subsequent productions. 

  • From Loyola Marymount U, List of BIPOC plays and creatives-this is an amazing list of playwrights and resources, very eclectic.  

  • UC Berkeley, BIPOC Playwrights Project, This site is intended to serve as a resource for theater educators and practitioners looking for a broader choice of texts and materials. Each playwright profile includes a list of representative plays, a brief bio, and links to online texts or resources 

  • New Play Exchange  The NPX is a National New Play Network (NNPN) project and curates lists of plays in special categories (by female playwrights, BIPOC playwrights, rural playwrights, etc.) on a regular basis.  This is subscription based at $12 per year per individual.  

  • Breaking Character, Scene Study and Classroom Readings.  From Concord Theatricals, the list reflects numerous scenes with a focus on plays with 18-25 age range, diverse selection of playwrights.  

  • The Kilroys is a gang of playwrights, directors and producers in LA and NYC who are done talking about gender parity and are taking action

  • University Libraries has an online monologue book from the work of the Kilroy authors, The Kilroys list:  97 monologues and scenes by female and trans playwrights

  • links to online titles we have available in library catalog.