Phanésia Pharel
Affiliated Writer
Homestead, FL

Phanésia Pharel is a Haitian-American playwright from a Dragon Fruit farm in Miami.Daughter of an immigrant teacher and farmer, she writes to honor people.


Full lengths; THE WATERFALL (Workshop, Old Globe Theatre, EST Bloodworks reading), R&B (Bay Area Playwrights Festival Finalist/Honorable Mention, Playwrights Realm Finalist), LUCKY (New York Stage and Film, Kennedy Center Latinx Playwriting Award, Kennedy Center Rosa Parks Playwriting Award, Kennedy Center Lorraine Hansberry Distinguished Achievement). BLACK GIRL JOY (Kilroys 2023, Bay Area Playwrights Festival Finalist/Honorable Mention, Jane Chambers Finalist, Frank Moffett Mosier Fellowship for Works in Heightened Finalist Prize). Other Honors include New Harmony 2023 Finalist and City Theatre National Short Playwriting Finalist. 


Phanésia is a member of the Obie award-winning EST/ Youngblood group. Commissions include City Theatre Miami, the Latinx Playwrights Circle & Pregones/PRTT Greater Good Commission and Thrown Stone Theatre. Her work has been developed with the Old Globe, New York Stage and Film, Shattered Globe, Echo Theater Company of Los Angeles, and the Playwrights Center.


Core Apprentice Phanésia Pharel has been named as a finalist for the The Jane Chambers Award for Excellence in Feminist Playwriting for the play Black Girl Joy. This award recognizes plays and performance texts created by women and genderqueer writers that present a feminist perspective and contain significant opportunities for female performers. This annual award, administered by the Women in Theatre Program of ATHE, is given in memory of lesbian playwright Jane Chambers, a major feminist voice in American theatre.