Oya Mae Duchess-Davis
Affiliated Writer
Minneapolis, MN

Oya Mae Duchess-Davis is an upcoming playwright from Minneapolis, MN. The rhythms and cultures of North Minneapolis, the black diaspora, and Afro-Cuban spiritual traditions are infused in the world of her plays. Her work focuses on blackness, beauty, and the context of America. Her plays aim to redefine blackness in terms of love, family, community, and the magic that comes along with not knowing where one truly comes from. Oya was the 2016 Many Voices mentee and has been a part of festivals both in New York and Minneapolis. She was recently commissioned to write a horror play about white privilege which is a topic that appears in the worlds of her plays.


Oya Mae Davis was named as a finalist for The Apothetae and Lark Playwriting Fellowship.