Mfoniso Udofia
Affiliated Writer
Brooklyn, NY

Mfoniso Udofia, a first-generation Nigerian-American storyteller and educator, attended Wellesley College and obtained her MFA from the American Conservatory Theater [ACT]. While at ACT, she pioneered THE NIA PROJECT, which provided artistic outlets for San Francisco youth.

Productions of her plays SOJOURNERSRUNBOYRUNHER PORTMANTEAU, and IN OLD AGE have been seen at New York Theatre Workshop, American Conservatory Theater, Playwrights Realm, Magic Theater, National Black Theatre, Strand Theater, and Boston Court. She's the recipient of the 2021 Horton Foote Award, the 2017 Helen Merrill Playwright Award, the 2017-18 McKnight National Residency and Commission, and is a member of New Dramatists.

Mfoniso's currently commissioned by The Huntington Theatre, Hartford Stage, Denver Center, ACT, and South Coast Repertory. Her plays have been developed by Manhattan Theatre Club, ACT, McCarter Theatre, OSF, New Dramatists, Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor, Hedgebrook, Sundance, SPACE on Ryder Farm, and more.

Since 2018, Mfoniso has been working in television. She has worked as a staff writer on 13 REASONS WHY, an executive story-editor on PACHINKO, a co-producer and consulting producer on LITTLE AMERICA, a supervising producer on A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN, a co-executive producer on LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY, and a co-executive producer on LET THE RIGHT ONE IN.


 Mfoniso Udofia has been announced as the 2018 Aetna New Voices Fellow at Hartford Stage. 

Mfoniso Udofia's play "Her Portmanteau" will be presented February 13–April 14, 2019 as part of the American Conservatory Theatre's 2018/19 season. More info at


New York Theater Workshop has also announced the first production of its 2019-20 season, “runboyrun” and “IN OLD AGE,” two plays by Mfoniso Udofia that will be performed together. More at