Angela J. Davis’s plays include The Spanish Prayer Book (The Road Theatre Company, 2019-20 season; L.A. Times Best Bet), AGATHE (2020 New American Voices Award - The Landing Theatre) and Clara and Serra and The Talking Bear (commissioned for production as a radio play by The Antaeus Theatre Company and forthcoming in visual format from Playhouse Creatures in NYC).
Recently named the 2020 Honorary Playwright In Residence for Santa Barbara-based PlayFest of New American Plays, 2020 recipient of the Playhouse Creatures Rodriguez Award, 2020 New American Voices Award (The Landing Theatre), 2021 recipient of the SETC Getchell Award, and in the top 21 (from a field of over twelve hundred) for the Moss Hart and Kitty Carlisle Hart New Play Initiative, additional playwriting honors include: Eugene O’Neill semi-finalist (three times: 2017, 2018, 2020), HRC Showcase Official Selection (twice; 2018, 2020), ATHE Award for Excellence in Playwriting - 2nd place winner, Marsha A. Croyle Award for Achievement in Playwriting, FutureFest Official Selection, Julie Harris Playwright Award - Top 5,.
A writer of both drama and comedies, Angela is the author of a multi-award-winning series of plays inspired by women who faced nightmares of history, including: AGATHE (2020 - New American Voices Award - The Landing Theatre), Charlotte (Hidden River Arts Award), The Czar’s Daughters (Pittsburgh Original Works Series), and Mata H. (Frostburg Art Center New Play Series; Sky Blue Theatre (London) / British Theatre Challenge Short List), as well as Hong Kong Date Night (named 2020 best new comedic short by the Ojai Valley Artists Theatre Ensemble and an official selection for the New York - based OC Arts Ten Minute Play Festival).
Recent work presented/forthcoming at Playhouse Creatures, Playhouse on the Square, The Landing Theatre, Antaeus Theatre Company, Chameleon Theatre Circle, HRC Showcase, The Road Theatre Company, The Blank Theatre, Itinerant Theatre Company, Theatre In the Raw (Vancouver), Tempest Productions, The Dayton Playhouse, and elsewhere.
Angela’s poetry and prose pieces appear in numerous national publications, including a University of Iowa Press anthology.
A Pushcart Prize nominee and one of sixteen writers selected as Literary Hosts for the 2018 PEN America LitFest, Angela holds degrees from Stanford and UCLA and is a member of Dramatists Guild of America, PEN America, and the Antaeus Theatre Company Playwrights Lab.
Angela J. Davis has been named as a top-four finalist and honoree for the The Jane Chambers Award for Excellence in Feminist Playwriting with the play AGATHE. This award recognizes plays and performance texts created by women and genderqueer writers that present a feminist perspective and contain significant opportunities for female performers. This annual award, administered by the Women in Theatre Program of ATHE, is given in memory of lesbian playwright Jane Chambers, a major feminist voice in American theatre.