What's New 


Y: The Last Man on FX

FX's Y: The Last Man is now streaming on Hulu. The show stars Diane Lane, Ashley Romans, Amber Tamblyn, Ben Schnetzer, Olivia Thirlby, Marin Irleand, Elliot Fletcher, and Juliana Canfield.. Donnetta is thrilled to have collaborated with this writing team led by Showrunner Eliza Clark. Be on the lookout for episode 104 entitled Karen and Benji  (which Donnetta penned).


Joe Exotic NBCUniversal

"NBCUniversal is going all in for Joe Exotic (working title), UCP’s limited series starring and executive produced by Kate McKinnon, which has received a joint straight-to-series order by the NBCUniversal Television and Streaming divisions. In a sign of things to come for vertically integrated media companies, the high profile limited series is getting an unprecedented rollout across three different NBCU entertainment platforms, a broadcast network, NBC, a streamer, Peacock, and a basic cable network, USA." - DEADLINE


Advance Gender Equity in the Arts (AGE): IGNITE Program

Donnetta is proud to join AGE as a mentor for the launch of IGNITE , a national program for women and non-binary emerging theatre artists of color, 18+, who live or work in the United States who would like to be paired with a National Theatre Leader to engage in conversation about their artistic work and goals. Through this connection AGE creates a brave space for shared experience, cultivation, and expansion.

The program format is that each pairing will have an introductory goal-setting session, followed by three 1-hr sessions. We will also be offering the IGNITE Spring Cohort 2 workshops and 1 panel based on their specific interests and needs. Our program leads with equity. We commit to providing our National Theater Leaders fair and equitable pay for their time and leadership and is free for all participating BIPOC artists and arts leaders. Everyone will be thoughtfully paired by our committee based on the interest and needs of the emerging artist.

Meet the Full Spring 2021 Cohort!


2021 Brooklyn Book festival 

4:00 pm EST

October 3, 2021


Ingredients for Alchemy: Page, Stage & The Performance of Literature

Join us for a discussion featuring five Whiting Award winners: playwright Jordan E. Cooper (Ain’t No Mo’, The Ms. Pat Show); actress and playwright Donnetta Lavinia Grays (Where We Stand, Last Night and the Night Before); poet and nonfiction writer Joshua Bennett (Owed, Being Property Once Myself)); playwright Sylvia Khoury (Power Strip and – premiering in New York this fall – Selling Kabul); and fiction writer Steven Dunn (water & power, Our Migrations). The event will be moderated by poet, playwright, nonfiction writer, performer, and dramaturg Lauren Whitehead, who adapted Ta-Nehisi Coates’ award winning memoir, Between the World and Me, for staging at the Apollo Theater, the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and for the TV adaptation on HBO.


Literary Ancestry; Refocus Project

The Literary Ancestry Essay Series (Curated by playwright Dave Harris) aims to create a collection of personal craft essays by living Black playwrights about the non-living Black playwrights that live on in their work. For this series, we commissioned playwrights to pick one play by a non-living Black playwright and write about how this play impacted their artistry. The essays in this round are written by Vivian J.O. Barnes, Gethsemane Herron-Coward, Nathan Alan Davis, Donnetta Lavinia Grays, and Dave Harris.