Katori Hall hails from Memphis, Tennessee. Her plays include: The Mountaintop (2010 Olivier Award for Best New Play), which ran on Broadway in 2011 starring Angela Bassett and Samuel L. Jackson, Hurt Village (2011 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize), Children of Killers, Hoodoo Love, Remembrance, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning, WHADDABLOODCLOT!!!, Our Lady of Kibeho, Pussy Valley, and The Blood Quilt. She is currently under commission to write a new play for the UK’s National Theatre. Her additional awards include the Lark Play Development Center Playwrights of New York (PoNY) Fellowship, the ARENA Stage American Voices New Play Residency, two Lecomte du Nouy Prizes from Lincoln Center, the Fellowship of Southern Writers Bryan Family Award in Drama, a NYFA Fellowship, the Columbia University John Jay Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement, and the Otis Guernsey New Voices Playwriting Award.


She was a participant of the Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab, where her play Hurt Village was developed into a film, and also Sundance’s inaugural Episodic Story Lab, where she developed her television show The Dial. Also in television, Hall was staffed on the first season of TNT’s show LEGENDS executive produced by Howard Gordon and Alex Cary and is currently developing Stephen L. Carter’s #1 national best-seller The Emperor of Ocean Park into a pilot with Fox Network.


Hall’s journalism has appeared in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, UK’s The Guardian, Essence, and The Commercial Appeal, including contributing reporting for Newsweek.


She is currently a member of the Residency Five at Signature Theatre in New York City. Katori will make her feature directing debut with a film adaptation of Hurt Village, which received its world premiere at Signature in 2012.




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