Founded in 1989 and incorporated in 1993, the Black Women Playwrights' Group (BWPG) is a service and advocacy group for African American playwrights writing for the professional theater. Our members include women writing their first play and those who have won many honors and awards. We support the playwriting process by critiquing our members’ work, providing workshops and readings and information on production opportunities, as well as introductions to producers. We are also a touchstone for writers of color at local universities, in the DC Public Schools, residents of group homes, and programs for spouses and children of the incarcerated. The diverse communities of women with which BWPG works are united by a common, fundamental concept of self within family, community, and the world.
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"I'm a firm believer that language and how we use language determines how we act, and how we act then determines our lives and other people's lives."
- Ntozake Shange
The mission of BWPG is to support and promote the work of our members as well as provide leadership and advocacy on critical issues within the theater world.