NICK HADIKWA MWALUKO (pronoun atheist) is a third-culture, non-binary, trans queer Tanzanian-American raised in East and central Afirca currently living in the United States. Nick was recently awarded the New Visions Fellowship for Black Gender Non-Conforming and Trans Playwrights by the Dramatist Guild of America and National Queer Theater. Nick is a nominated member of the nationally-accredited Playwright Foundations’ RPI, Resident Playwright Initiative. Nick was a member of The Public Theater’s (New York City) Emerging Writers’ Group (EWG), Crowded Fire Writers’ Lab (San Francisco), and countless other residencies. Nick was a dramaturg for the National Conservatory Theater Center (San Francisco). Nick received a B.A. from Columbia University in New York City, graduating Magna Cum Laude (high honors) and was a Point Scholar (largest global LGBTQIA+ scholarship foundation) during Nick’s entire MFA also at Columbia University in New York City. Nick attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop thanks to a Normal Felton Fellowship. Some of Nick’s award-winning plays include Waafrika 1-2-3, They/Them/Theirs, Silence Is A Sound, Asymmetrical We, Blueprint for a Lesbian Planet, Bluest, Brotherly Love, Good Grief, Trailer Park Tundra, Once A Man Always A Man, Mama Afrika, Life Is About the Kill, Homeless in the Afterlife, Ata, 37, S.T.A.R: Marsha P. Johnson, Jizz, Pence At the Border, and others. Nick’s plays have been produced in New York City, New Jersey, Florida, Berkeley, San Francisco, Wisconsin, Paris, South Africa, Italy, Germany, and other countries.
WAAFRIKA 1-2-3: a Queerly Scripted Tragic African Fantasia, Nick’s trans queer tragic triptych in Africa fantasia is slated for a production in Florida in 2023. "XXY Queer Africa: More Invisible," a companion essay to WAAFRIKA 1-2-3, published in literary magazine Juked, was in Best American Essays 2020. Nick’s other essay, "A Letter to My Gay Black Brother," was recently nominated for a 2021 Pushcart Award.