We want to thank Kelley Nicole Girod for kicking off our discussion about diversity on NYC's indie theatre stages.
This week's guest blogger will be Derek Lee McPhatter.
Derek Lee McPhatter is a dramatic writer, producer, recently relocated to Los Angeles as a member of the 2012 Guy Hanks and Harvey A Miller Screenwriting Program (The Cosby Program). He is part of the leadership team for The Fire This Time Festival in New York City, which completed its third season in January 2012. Plays include: Undercover on Another Day of Absence (featured in Harlem 9's 2011 48 Hours in Harlem Festival); The Lattice Crashes (The Tank / Harlem Stage), Bring the Beat Back (Freedom Train Productions), A Better Destiny for Bethany (Horse Trade's The Drafts Fest); and two Fire This Time Festival plays, Citizen Jane and On Troubled Waters. He is a Harlem Arts Alliance/Columbia University Dramatic Writing Fellow, in partnership with New Heritage Theatre. He holds a BA in English from Morehouse College, and a Master's in Humanities from NYU. He is a native of Pickerington, Ohio.