Zola Dee is an emerging theater artist and arts activist from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Dee believes that her work has a strong responsibility to investigate trauma and how it is passed down generationally, the black psyche, mysticism, and ancient spirituality. Weaving song and poeticism throughout her plays, Dee beautifully captures the soul of what it means to be Black in America.
Her most notable work, GUNSHOT MEDLEY: Part 1, was Ovation Award recommended and published in Routledges Contemporary Plays by Women of Color. Due to the success of Gunshot Medley, Dee received notoriety in the Los Angeles Times by lead drama critic Charles McNulty as a front-runner in “...a vibrant new era in African-American playwriting…”. Other notable works include her one-woman show Rain, River, Ocean, African Hyphen American, and Smile, Goddamnit, Smile. Dee has been a member of various writer’s groups including Center Theatre Group’s Writer’s Workshop and the Skylight Theatre’s PlayLab. Other accomplishments include: 2017-2018 Core Apprentice at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota and 2018 Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights Diversity Fellow.
Dee is a graduate of California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in Acting and a minor in Creative Writing. While at school she was accepted as the 2016 Provost’s Research & Practice Fellowship in the study of African-American Dialects.
Currently, Dee serves as the Artistic Associate at The Pasadena Playhouse, The State Theater of California where she assists in curating all artistic programming, event producing, and community engagement efforts within the Pasadena and greater San Gabriel Valley area. www.zoladee.com