Playwright Zakiyyah Alexander talked to The Pickwyck about some of her works, her perspective on female playwrights in American Theater and her experience at Yale School of Drama. She is also apart of The Kilroys Organization. http://thekilroys.org/
What is your earliest memory of theater? What was the first play you read/specific playwright's work you admired? Did this inspire you to pursue a playwrighting career or was it something else?
From what we read you have dabbled in performance and writing alike. Does your experiences in performing contribute in any way to your writing?
What has inspired you to write any particular piece of work? Could you give us a few examples of your earlier work and compare it to more recent work. How does it differ or relate? What have you learned throughout your writing journey and wish to see in modern theater storytelling?
Could you tell us about the context of the musical, GIRL shakes loose her skin? What was it like collaborating with Imani Uzuri? Would you like to write more musicals in the future and if so, what subject matter strikes you as a source of inspiration?
Tell us about your education at Yale School of Drama! Was there a particular instructor or experience that was especially crucial to your creative development as an artist? How did that experience influence your own teaching at Bard College and Columbia University?
What advice would you share with an aspiring playwright?
Some personal favorites: what is your favorite movie, book or TV show?
Favorite place to write? Do you do any creative exercises to get in the writing zone?