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Playwright- Kristiana Rae Colón

Kristiana Rae Colón is a poet, playwright, actor, educator, Cave Canem Fellow, creator of #BlackSexMatters, co-director of the #LetUsBreathe Collective, and inaugural Burrell Fellow in Playwriting at Columbia College. Her play Tilikum was nominated for seven 2019 non-equity Joseph Jefferson Awards, and won three, including Best New Play. In 2017, she was awarded Best Black Playwright by The Black Mall. 

Past works include good friday (The Flea Theater NYC – 2019, Oracle Productions – 2016), Octagon (world premiere Arcola Theatre, London, 2015; American premiere Jackalope Theatre, 2016), but i cd only whisper (world premiere Arcola Theatre, London, 2012; American premiere The Flea, New York, 2016). 

In 2013, she toured the UK for two months with her collection of poems promised instruments, winner of the inaugural Drinking Gourd Poetry Prize and published by Northwestern University Press. 

Kristiana is an alum of the Goodman Theatre’s Playwrights Unit where she developed her play florissant & canfield, which debuted at University of Illinois-Chicago in February 2018. Her play Tilikum opened in June 2018 with Sideshow Theater and was the winner of Outstanding New Play at the ALTA Awards.  

She is a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists and one half of the brother/sister hip-hop duo April Fools. She appeared on the fifth season of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. Kristiana’s writing, producing, and organizing work to radically reimagine power structures, our complicity in them, and visions for liberation. 

Kristiana’s current work explores Afrofuturist drama as a catalyst for social change. A foundational premise of her organizing is that artists are the vanguard of revolution, that it is the social duty of creatives to envision, imagine, rehearse, design, and embody our liberated future; we cannot achieve alternatives to the existing harmful, violent systems and institutions if we can’t first imagine them. Liberation is a curatorial act, a creative act; revolution is inherently speculative in nature. Through science fiction, Afrofuturism, and speculative media, we create opportunities to rehearse the future together. 

Production Team

  • Director- Simone Raquel Alexander
  • Assistant Director and Stage Manager- Joi Green
  • Dramaturg- Yasmin Zacaria Mikhaiel
  • Lighting Designer- Jacqueline Sindelar
  • Projection Designer- Ashton Bennett Murphy
  • Sound Designer and Fight Choreographer- Malyssa Quiles
  • Set Designer- Megan Kemp
  • Costume Designer- Laura Gonzalez


  • Ariel- Oktavea Williams
  • Emme- Emma Galbraith
  • Crete- Payton Russel
  • Kinzie- Faith Anderson
  • Natalie- Bianca Ibarra
  • Sophie- Antora DeLong
  • Asha- Eva McQuade
  • Understudy- Eliza Renner