EISA DAVIS was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for her play Bulrusher, now published by Samuel French. She wrote and starred in Angela’s Mixtape, named a best of 2009 by The New Yorker. Other plays include Ramp (Ruby Prize winner), The History of Light, Paper Armor, Umkovu, Six Minutes, Warriors Don’t Cry, and Hip Hop Anansi. Eisa was a resident playwright at New Dramatists, where she won the Helen Merrill Award, and the Whitfield Cook Award, among others. She has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Cave Canem, and the Van Lier and Mellon Foundations. As an actor, recent work includes her Obie Award-winning performance in the Broadway rock musical Passing Strange, now a film directed by Spike Lee. Eisa is also featured in the films Welcome to the Rileys, Robot Stories, The Architect, Confess, Happenstance, Pretty Bird, Apparition of the Eternal Church, Brass Tacks, The Stare, and In The Family (both upcoming). She was Bubbles’ sister on The Wire, a repeat offender on the Law and Order franchise, and has guest starred on Damages and Mercy. After performing in the world premiere of Melissa James Gibson’s This at Playwrights Horizons, Eisa returns to the play at Center Theater Group’s Kirk Douglas Theater in Los Angeles July 30-August 28. She will also appear in the new NBC series Smash this coming season. Eisa is a member of the Actors Studio, and a Usual Suspect at New York Theater Workshop. As a singer-songwriter, her album Something Else is available through iTunes and CDBaby. She sings her original music at venues including Joe’s Pub, BAMCafé, Symphony Space, and the Whitney Museum.

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