Mission and History
The Black Women Playwrights' Group (BWPG) serves African American playwrights writing for the professional theater. BWPG is an institution that reflects and serves our community, gives voice and an artistic haven to women who are writing their first play and to those who have won many honors and awards. We support the playwriting process by critiquing our membersí 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. Founded in 1989 and incorporated in 1993, 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.
Monthly meetings are the center of our group. Community Projects are also an important of our programming and BWPG has received programming grants from the Neighborhood Investment Fund, the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, and the DC Humanities Council and other foundations. The BWPG Cyber Narrative Project is a research and development project that links the world of theater -- the dramatic narrative that begins its life as live performance -- with original online content based upon the play. We have been funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Joyce Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for this project. We have produced two video games, a web site, and an app, 12@12NOON, a SMS (short message service).