Zola Dee is a playwright, poet, and vocalist whose works are deeply invested in exploring Black Americana. Her most notable work GUNSHOT MEDLEY: Part 1 was Ovation Award recommended and published in Routledge’s Contemporary Plays by Women of Color. Her other plays include Smile, Goddamnit, Smile; Rain, River, Ocean; and Homegoing Play. Her work has been seen and/or developed with Rogue Machine Theater, Collaborative Artists Bloc, The Playwright’s Center, Hi-Arts, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Zola was just recently granted the NEXT commission from Antaeus Theatre Company in Los Angeles. While most of her artistic career has been based in Los Angeles, she is currently living in Minneapolis where she is a Many Voices Fellow at the Playwright’s Center. She is a current member of Skylight’s PlayLabs and East West Players Playwright’s Group. Other accomplishments include: member of CTG Writer’s Workshop, 2017-2018 Core Apprentice at The Playwright's Center and the 2018 Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights Diversity Fellow.
Collaboration and community building is foundational to Zola’s mission as an artist. She has worked as the Artistic Associate at The Pasadena Playhouse, The State Theater of California and as the Outreach Coordinator at The Fountain Theater. She is a graduate from California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in Acting and a minor in Creative Writing. While at CalArts, she studied with Nataki Garrett, Aleshea Harris, Doug Kearney and Tisa Byrant.
For more information, visit www.zoladee.com