Dave Harris is a poet and playwright from West Philly. He is the Tow Playwright-in-Residence at Roundabout Theatre Company. His play TAMBO & BONES will be produced at Playwrights Horizons and Center Theatre Group, and his play EXCEPTION TO THE RULE will be produced at Roundabout whenever theatre allows. His work has been seen at Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival, Roundabout Underground, Manhattan Theater Club, Center Theatre Group, The Goodman, Victory Gardens, The Kennedy Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, SPACE on Ryder Farm, The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep, and Ojai Playwrights Conference amongst others. Honors include: the 2019 Ollie Award, The Lorraine Hansberry Award and Mark Twain Award from The Kennedy Center, The International Commendation for The Bruntwood Prize, the 2018 Venturous Fellowship from The Lark, and a Cave Canem poetry fellowship amongst others. His adapted film Summertime had its premiere at Sundance in 2020 and will be distributed in 2021. His first full-length collection of poetry, Patricide, was published in May 2019 from Button Poetry. Dave received his B.A. from Yale University and his MFA from UC San Diego.
"His challenging and formally unique pieces mark the beginning of what will undoubtedly be a long life in the American theatre."
Kate Bergstrom, Santa Barbara Independent
"[His work] is fearless in its scope and means. Its agenda is nothing less than to survey and critique the vexed history of race in America from the era of slavery to the present, post-millennial moment. And to do that it sets up a ribald, revelatory clash of generations that is informed by tropes and language drawn from minstrelsy and hip-hop, advertising, academe and politics."
Marty Rosen, LEO Weekly