Lynden Harris

Lynden Harris

Playwriting | Cedar Grove

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“I have never put much attention on ‘my career,’ whether as a playwright, columnist, essayist, or educator, aside from the fundamental work of connecting communities across difference,” says Lynden Harris. She is the founder of Hidden Voices, an inclusive, participatory, and co-creative collective committed to building a just, compassionate, and sustainable world. Since 2001, she has collaborated with underrepresented communities to create award-winning works that combine narrative, performance, mapping, music, digital media, and interactive exhibits.
 
Harris’s most recent work includes Serving Life: ReVisioning Justice, a multi-disciplinary project sharing stories from people awaiting execution in American prisons. The project includes two plays: Serving Life (created and performed on death row) and Count: Stories from America’s Death Row (which premiered at PlayMakers Repertory Company); two exhibits: Serving Life (co-created with men on death row) and Standing on Love (portraits and reflections of family members); and a cycle of monologues titled “Right Here, Right Now,” which will be gathered in a forthcoming book (2020). Her play, To Buy the Sun, about the life of activist Pauli Murray toured the East coast in 2018.
 

In addition to her work with Hidden Voices, Harris is a Duke University faculty member in Theater Studies, and a founding member of Duke Transformative Prison Practices. She also is a founding cultural agent for the U.S. Dept. of Arts and Culture. Currently, she is working on A Good Boy, a music theater piece sharing stories from family members of those living on death row.

www.hiddenvoices.org