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Jireh Holder, 2017 Recipient

Jiréh Breon Holder currently serves as the Playwriting Fellow at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He is an Atlanta area playwright, director, and dramaturg. His sharp and political plays frequently include wild visual metaphors and address the magic of everyday life in the South. He is also a co-founder of Pyramid Theatre Company in Des Moines, Iowa.


His plays include Too Heavy for Your Pocket (Roundabout Theatre Company production, Alliance Theatre production, Kendeda Playwriting Prize, & Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award) …what the end will be, 50:13, The Rules, The Dancing Granny (Alliance Theatre production), and Some Bodies Travel (co-written with Tori Sampson.) His plays have been developed at Manhattan Theatre Club, the Kennedy Center, Old Globe Theatre, and Yale School of Drama. 


He holds his M.F.A from Yale School of Drama. and his  B.A. from Morehouse College.


Branden Jacob-Jenkins, 2015

Laura Marks, 2013

Jerry Dye, 2011

Marco Ramirez, 2009

Katori Hall, 2007
Jerome Hairston, 2005

James McLure, 2003

John Henry Redwood, 2001

Margaret Edson, 1999

Naomi Wallace, 1997

Pearl Cleage, 1995

Jim Grimsley, 1993

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