James Anthony Tyler is the recipient of the 3rd Annual Horton Foote Playwriting Award. He is also one of the inaugural playwrights to receive a commission from Audible’s emerging playwrights fund. His plays include Artney Jackson (World Premiere at Williamstown Theatre Festival, 2018 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award), Some Old Black Man (Berkshire Playwrights Lab at St. James Place and 59E59 Theaters NYC), Dolphins and Sharks (LAByrinth Theater Company and the Finborough Theatre in London), hop tha A (Texas Sate University's Black and Latino Playwrights Conference, Ars Nova, The Drama League and Asolo Rep), Talkin' to This Chick Sippin' Magic Potion (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, SPACE on Ryder Farm), and The Drop Off (Classical Theatre of Harlem, The Playwrights' Center, The Juilliard School). He was a member of Harlem's Emerging Black Playwrights Group, a 2014-2015 Dramatists Guild Fellow, a 2015-2016 Playwrights' Center's Many Voices Fellow, a 2016-2017 Ars Nova Play Group Resident, a 2016 Working Farm Playwrights Group Resident at SPACE on Ryder Farm, a 2016 Theatre Masters Visionary Playwrights Award recipient, a Nashville Rep Ingram New Works Playwright, a 2018-2019 Amoralists Wright Club Playwright, a 2018 Djerassi Fellow, and a 2018 MacDowell Fellow.
He has a MFA in Film from Howard University and a MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University, where his concentration was Playwriting, and is a recent graduate of The Juilliard School's Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program. He recently was the Staff Writer for the new OWN Network show Cherish the Day (set to premiere in Winter 2020) created by Ava DuVernay.
Off-Broadway’s Keen Company has announced programming for its 2020–2021 digital season, including a new work by James Anthony Tyler.
Theatre Communications Group (TCG) has announced the first round of recipients for the 2018 Edgerton Foundation New Play Awards. Artney Jackson by James Anthony Tyler at Williamstown Theatre Festival has been selected as one of nine plays to receive this prestigious award.
The Dramatists Guild of America has named James Anthony Tyler as the recipient of the 2018 Horton Foote Playwriting Award. Established in 2016, the award recognizes a playwright whose work explores the nature of being human.