James Anthony Tyler
Affiliated Writer
New York, NY

James is an award-winning playwright who holds a MFA in Film from Howard University and a MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University where his concentration was Playwriting. His work has been presented by OBIE Award-winning playwright Israel Horovitz at The Cherry Lane Theatre (Hand Held Out), The Sixth Annual Fire This Time Festival (Dolphins and Sharks), and the 4th Annual Beer-Battered New Play Festival (Loveeeeeee Play). His play The Drop Off was featured in The Classical Theatre of Harlem's Playwrights Playground and their Future Classics Series. You’re Sitting in the Dark and hop tha A were semi-finalists for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, and hop tha A was featured in Asolo Rep’s 2016 Unplugged New Play Festival. James is one of the first recipients of the 2015 First Round Fellowship presented by Open Bar Theatricals to expand Dolphins and Sharks from a ten-minute play to a full-length play. Dolphins and Sharks was presented in staged readings for LAByrinth Theater Company’s Up Next and Barn Reading Series, Berkshire Playwrights Lab, Capital Stage’s Playwrights Revolution, and was a finalist for the 2016 O’Neill Playwrights Conference. His play Some Old Black Man was presented at La MaMa Theatre as part of the Shadow Festival where it starred Arthur French, and the Berkshire Playwrights Lab will present a full-production of the play this summer that will star Tony Award-winning actor Roger Robinson. His honors include being selected by the OBIE Award-winning 48 Hours in Harlem Festival as one of their 2015 Playwrights, the Paul Robeson Award, and a John Golden Award for Excellence in Playwriting from NYU. He is a proud member of Harlem’s Emerging Black Playwrights Group, a 2014-2015 Dramatists Guild Fellow, a 2016-2017 Ars Nova Play Group Resident, a 2016 Working Farm Playwrights Group Resident at SPACE on Ryder Farm. He was awarded The Playwrights Center’s 2015-2016 Many Voices Fellowship, a 2016 Theatre Masters Visionary Playwrights Award and is currently a Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Fellow at The Juilliard School. 

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Dolphins and Sharks receives its European premiere following its reading as a part of Vibrant 2016 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights. It won the 2015 Fire This Time Festival in New York City and was a finalist for the 2016 O'Neill Playwrights Conference.

Stewart and Lamb by James Anthony Tyler was one of twelve finalists for PlayPenn's 13th annual new-play conference.

James Anthony Tyler's Dolphins and Sharks to premiere at Labyrinth Theater Company! It will run 2/9/17 to 3/19/17. See the link for more information: http://www.broadwayworld.com/off-broadway/article/James-Anthony-Tylers-T...

James Anthony Tyler is a Playwrights Realm Fellowship Finalist 


See link for more details: http://www.broadwayworld.com/off-broadway/article/The-Playwrights-Realm-...

James Anthony Tyler's play hop the A was a part of Asolo Repertory Theatre's Unplugged festival this April.