Nambi E. Kelley
Nambi E. Kelley has performed on regional stages across the country, internationally, including many shows at The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, and has been seen on several television shows, including Elementary, Person of Interest, Madam Secretary, Chicago PD, and guest starred on NBC's Chicago Justice. Most recently, she appeared in MacArthur Genius Award recipient Dominique Morisseau's Pipeline (City Theatre), Jeff Sweet's critically acclaimed Off Broadway two-hander Kunstler (59 E. 59), and Two Trains Running (Goodman Theatre). Nambi recently made her professional directorial debut at TheatreWorks Colorado Springs, the first African-American female to helm a production in their over 40-year history. An accomplished playwright, Nambi is currently serving in residence at New Victory Theatre and The Dramatists GuildFoundation in New York City. She has penned plays for Steppenwolf and Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Lincoln Center (Director's Fest) in New York, and internationally. Kelley recently served as playwright in residence at the National Black Theatre in New York. Awards include: The Prince Prize, Writers Alliance Grant (Dramatists GuildFoundation) Stage Raw Los Angeles Best Adaptation for Native Son, the Francesca Primus Award (finalist), and The Kevin Spacey Foundation Award (finalist). Nambi is currently working on an adaptation of Toni Morrison's Jazz (Dramatic Publishing, tba) which is slated for several regional productions in coming seasons. Her adaptation of Native Son (Samuel French) has enjoyed productions across the country, most notably, productions at Yale Repertory Theatre, Court Theatre/American Blues, CTG Block Party 2019, and will premiere in New York City at The Duke produced by The Acting Companyin summer 2019. Nambi has also penned plays LATT Children's Theatre/Unibooks Publishing Company (South Korea) Teatri Sbagliati (Italy), and The Finger Players (Singapore), where she also performed in the co-adapted production in Singapore of The Book of Living and Dying. Nambi is working on several commissions, including from Marin Theatre Company, Court Theatre, North Carolina Black Rep, American Blues Theater, Syracuse Stage, and is also in development with several television and film projects, including a film commissioned by Oscar Award-winning executive producers The Lagralane Group, tba. Her adaptation of Native Son was one of the highest grossing productions in Court Theatre's history. Native Son is also on the Kilroy's List 2015, in the top 7% of new plays by female and trans* authors nominated by literary managers, directors, and other artists polled across the country. Kelley's Xtigone celebrated production in Chicago (Chicago Danz Theatre Ensemble) and San Francisco (African American Shakespeare Company directed by Rhodessa Jones) with several high school and college productions across the country and is published by YouthPlays Publishing. Other writing credits include: Shortlisted professional writing affiliations include: Space on Ryder Farm, National Black Theatre, Goodman Theatre Playwrights Unit, Steppenwolf Theatre Company New Plays Lab Playwright-In-Residence, Goodman Theatre/Ellen Stone Belic Institute/ Fellowship Recipient, Goodman Theatre Lila Wallace Fellowship, American Blues Theater (ensemble member), La MaMa Playwrights Symposium Playwright-In-Residence, Spoleto, Italy under the tutelage of Pulitzer prize-winner Lynn Nottage, Ragdale Foundation Artist in Residence, HealthWorks Theatre Colonel Stanley McNeil Playwright-In-Residence, Chicago Dramatists Playwright Emeritus, Danny Glover's Robey Theatre Co. Playwriting Lab (Formerly The Blacksmyths at The Mark Taper Forum), and MPAACT Playwright Emeritus, Chicago. For more, visit www.nambikelley.com.