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Current Members

Karen L.B. Evans is President and Founder of the Black Women Playwrights' Group. She has received Individual Fellowships in Playwriting from both the National Endowment for the Arts and the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities. She was a Helen Hayes nominee for "Outstanding New Play"Ł as well as a Sundance Institute finalist. Karen participated in the Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights' Conference and is a recipient of the John F. Kennedy Center "Front & Center AwardŁ". She has also received the "Citation for Excellence in Design and Writing"Ł from the Washington Education Press Association.

Her work has been published and presented by Meriwether Publishing, Applause Theater Books, The Discovery Channel Magazine, American Showcase Theatre and PBS. Ms. Evans' current project is a musical adaptation of her book, You Must Remember This, a novel for the middle school reader, published by Hyperion Books for Children. She is also a recipient of a fellowship from the Weissberg Foundation to attend a playwriting seminar at New York's Primary Stages.

Karen holds a BA with honors in Drama from Dartmouth College and an MFA in Playwriting from The Catholic University of America.

Pamela G. Armstrong-deVreeze is an international BWPG member who currently lives and works in the Netherlands. She is an actress, media trainer, and playwright who enjoys writing about life between two cultures. She has studied with Ernie Joselovitz (Playwright's Forum), and Professor Vera Katz from Howard University. Pamela's play, Miles To Go was last seen in BWPG's 2007 Annual Reading. She is currently writing a book of essays about her life as an expatriate mother living in the Netherlands.

Betty Miller Buttram has had three of her works included in BWPG's Annual Staged Readings. Her monologue, Where I'm From, was included in 2004 and later performed at the New York Theatre Workshop in 2005. An excerpt from the play, Picking up the Pieces, was included in both the Annual Reading and at the Kennedy Center's Page to Stage New Play Festival in 2005. In 2007, an excerpt of Ask Me No Questions was included in the Annual Reading. Her novel, Cleo Lies, will be published in September 2008.

Joy Hunter Carroll is a graduate of Howard University's School of Radio, TV and Film. She has worked as a technical writer, journalist, scriptwriter, and producer for television and the private sector with organizations such as BET, PBS, and America's Black Forum. She is currently completing her one-act play Running Interference, a drama about a woman's talents' struggle to be heard. An excerpt of her new play, Neighborhood Watch, will be included in the 2008 Annual Reading.

Debbie Davidson-Gibbs ´┐Ż originally from New York, is a proud member of the Black Women Playwrights" Group (BWPG). Her play Be My Guest was performed at the BWPG 20th year celebration in 2008. Debbie has participated in playwriting workshops at American University, the Theatre Lab, and at the first National Meeting of Women of Color Writing Drama sponsored by BWPG. In addition, she she was among those who participated in BWPG's 2010 conference: Linking Platforms:Theatre and Digital Media in the 21st Century. Debbie's play Keeping Your Head Above Water was performed at the inaugural DC Black Theatre Festival.

Mary Stone Hanley is a poet and playwright. She is also an educator who has worked with adolescents for many years and has collected their stories as the basis of her plays which the youth performed. To date she has written 10 plays that were produced for children and youth: No Place to Be; Missed; Bird in the Air; Life in the 206. Survivors; A Long Way Home; Street Life; To Each Our Own; HIVE BRAIDS, (about HIV AIDS for adolescents and young adults, particularly those in communities of color). Edges, commissioned and produced by the Seattle Parks and Recreation was an environmental piece about water quality that toured schools and community centers. She has also written two screenplays that are produced as films in conjunction with Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center and Reel One Youth Program: Terminal 187; Just Us.

Debbie M. Jackson is a freelance journalist and performer in musical theater for 30+ years. Her scripts have been commissioned and produced by Source Theater, throughout Washington, D.C. and New York, and she currently writes for the online DC Theatre Reviews. She is working on her first full-length play, Our Father's Fields.

Joy Jones is a lecturer, poet and playwright. Her one-act, A Musical Level of Pain, has had several productions. Her play, Outdoor Recess, won the Promising Playwrights' Competition by the Colonial Players in Annapolis, MD and has received two productions. She is the author of Tambourine Moon, Between Black Women, Listening with the Third Ear and Private Lessons: A Book of Meditations for Teachers.

Debra Rose has recently joined BWPG and is looking forward to writing more dramatic scripts. Her first monologue, "MUD" is included in DNA: Drama, Nuance, Attitude, a collection of 14 monologues by BWPG members on the subject of DNA. She is a manager for United Airlines.