PLAYWRIGHT, PRODUCING ARTIST, & ACTIVIST
YVETTE HEYLIGER is a playwright, producing artist, and activist. After many years in front of the footlights, Heyliger returns to the stage as a solo-artist in her first one-woman show, Bridge to Baraka, in the United Solo Theatre Festival on Theatre Row in New York City. She is the recipient of AUDELCO Recognition Award for Excellence in Black Theatre’s August Wilson Playwright Award and her play won Dramatic Production of the Year. She received Best Playwright nomination from NAACP’s Annual Theatre Awards. Author of What a Piece of Work is Man! Full-Length Plays for Leading Women, she has also contributed to various anthologies including, The Monologue Project, Later Chapters: The Best Scenes and Monologues for Actors over Fifty and 24 Gun Control Plays. Selections from her play, Autobiography of a Homegirl, appear in Smith and Kraus’ The Best Women’s Stage Monologues 2003 and The Best Stage Scenes 2003. Other writings: The Dramatist, Continuum: The Journal of African Diaspora Drama, Theatre and Performance, Black Masks: Spotlight on Black Art, HowlRound, and a new blog, The Playwright and The Patron. Memberships: Dramatist Guild, AEA, SDC, AFTRA-SAG and League of Professional Theatre Women. Yvette has a BA and MA from New York University; an MFA in Creative Writing – Playwriting from Queens College; and a Master of Theatre Education from Hunter College. She was an Obama Fellow and is a founding member and longtime volunteer with Organizing for Action. As a citizen-artist, she has worked on many issues including: gun violence prevention, equal opportunity and pay for women artists, and most recently, the #MeToo movement. A producing artist and partner in Twinbiz™, she is the co-recipient of the first National Black Theatre Festival Emerging Producer Award. Now celebrating its 30th year, Twinbiz™ writes, directs and produces original works for stage which seek to educate and entertain in the service of social change. Yvette lives in Harlem, USA.
Yvette dedicates this Native Advantage inspirational story to her late sister, Andrea Erwin.