Over three decades, Havis has had his plays produced at theaters 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. He is the author of seventeen 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 anthology, American Political Plays, in 2001. In 2010, Southern Illinois University Press published his second edited anthology, American Political Plays, Post 9/11. Harper/Collins published his novel for young readers Albert the Astronomer. His book on ninety years of 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 Music Center in 2009. His second opera with composer Anthony Davis, Lear on the 2nd Floor, was first showcased as at Princeton's McCarter Theatre in 2012 and had a full premiere in 2013 at UC San Diego’s Conrad Prebys Music Center. Havis has worked with San Diego Repertory on two community based, culturally diverse, dramatic projects, Nuevo California and Restless Spirits, which had funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Humanities grants respectively. 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. Havis has an MFA from Yale Drama School, has headed the MFA playwriting program at University of California, San Diego for many years, and became Provost of Thurgood Marshall College, UC San Diego in 2006 and is on his second five year term of service in the Provost office. He supervises the national Dr. Gaffney Playwriting Competition on the African American Experience - a UC San Diego program he founded and is in the seventh year of reaching undergraduate college students around the country. He also created Thurgood Marshall College/UC San Diego's Artist-in-Residence program which is also in the seventh year of bringing Southern California actors and artists to campus for a sustained interchange with students and the entire campus for open, cost-free performance on diverse cultural life.
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