African and African Disapora Studies Department
African and African Disapora Studies Department

Come See Eisa Davis, Black Studies' Spring 2015 Visiting Performing Artist

Wed, January 21, 2015
Come See Eisa Davis, Black Studies' Spring 2015 Visiting Performing Artist

Spring 2015 Visiting Performing Artist

February 19 - 24, 2015 

 EISA DAVIS was the 2012 Alpert Award winner in Theatre and a 2013 Obie Award winner for Sustained Excellence in Performance. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for her play Bulrusher, and wrote and starred in Angela’s Mixtape, named a best of 2009 by The New Yorker. Other plays include Ramp(Ruby Prize winner), The History  of Light(Barrymore nomination),Paper Armor, Umkovu, Six Minutes, Warriors Don’t

Cry, and the collaborations Active Ingredients and Hip Hop Anansi. Her newest piece is the musical workFlowers Are Sleeping, and she recently contributed a storyline to the collaborative marketplace event Trade Practices and an episode to The Mysteries at the Flea. Eisa was a resident playwright at New Dramatists, where she won the Helen Merrill Award, and the Whitfield Cook Award, among others. She has received fellowships from Sundance/UCross, Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, Cave Canem, and the Doris Duke, Van Lier and Mellon Foundations. As an actor, recent theatre work includes The Cradle Will Rock at Encores! Off-­‐Center, Luck of the Irish at LCT3 (Lucille Lortel and AUDELCO nominations), the world premieres of The Call and This at Playwrights Horizons, the first revival of The Piano Lesson at Yale Rep (also composer and music director), and her Obie Award-­‐winning performance in the Broadway rock musical Passing Strange, captured on film by Spike Lee. Eisa is featured in the films Free Angela, Welcome to the

Rileys (opposite James Gandolfini), Robot Stories, The Architect, Confess, Happenstance, Pretty Bird, Apparition of the Eternal Church, Brass Tacks, In The Family, The

Letter, and The Volunteer (Best Narrative Feature, Urbanworld). She plays Cynthia Driscoll on the upcoming Season 3 of House of Cards, was Bubbles’ sister on The Wire, has guest starred on Gotham, The Blacklist, The Good Wife, Damages and Soul

Food, and recurred on Smash and Hart of Dixie. Eisa is a member of the Actors Studio, a Usual Suspect at New York Theater Workshop, and was an artist-­‐in-­‐residence at Symphony Space. As a singer-­‐songwriter, music from her albums Something Else and Tinctures are available through iTunes and Soundcloud. She sings her original music at venues including Joe’s Pub, BAMCafé, the Whitney Museum, and the Apollo. A graduate of Harvard, she was the 2013/14 Arthur Levitt Fellow at Williams College.

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