The following is an alphabetical compilation of brief facts about each playwright. Where available, I have given limited biographical information for each dramatist as well as listed key works that have not been published but which have been produced. For additional biographical and play production information on selected dramatists, consult Bernard L. Peterson Jr. Contemporary Black American Playwrights and Their Plays (CBAP) or James V. Hatch and Omanni Abdullah Black Playwrights, 1823-1977.
ABRAMSON, DOLORES. A participant in the Sonia Sanchez Writers Workshop in 1970-71, Abramson is a poet, a short-story writer, and a playwright. Her only published drama, The Light, appears in Sanchez Three Hundred and Sixty Degrees of Blackness Comin'at You.
AHMAD, DOROTHY. Author and playwright, Ahmad is a product of the West Coast Black Arts Movement. Her only published drama, Papa's Daughter, was completed in 1957, but was not produced until 1969 by the Dillard University Players in New Orleans, after being published in the Summer 1968 issue of The Drama Review.
ANDERSON, T. DIANNE. A playwright, TV scriptwriter, author, songwriter, theatrical technician, and teacher, Anderson was born in Buffalo, New York. Consistently active in theatre circles until she was overcome with multiple sclerosis, Anderson was a resident playwright and instructor at the Back Alley Theatre, wrote weekly scripts for the television series "Our Street," and was a visiting lecturer at the University of South Florida at Tampa.