Tanya Barfield

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Tanya Barfield
Tanya Barfield.jpg
Nationality American
Occupation Playwright

Tanya Barfield (raised in Portland, Oregon)[1] is an African-American playwright whose works have been presented both nationally and internationally.[2]

Her plays include: The Call,121° West, Blue Door,[3] Dent, The Houdini Act, Medallion, Of Girl & Wolf and Wanting North, Pecan Tan, The Quick]].[4][5] She authored a book for a children's musical entitled Civil War: The First Black Regiment.

In the 2006-2007 season, her play, Blue Door, was produced at Playwrights Horizons, South Coast Repertory; Seattle Repertory, Berkeley Repertory, Harare International Festival of the Arts, Zimbabwe (HIFA). Blue Door is published by Dramatists Play Service.

On June 29, 2008, her play Of Equal Measure, NAACP Theatre Awards nominee, premiered at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City, California through the sponsorship of the National Endowment for the Arts.

In April 2013, her play, The Call opened at Playwrights Horizons in co-production with Primary Stages. The Call was a New York Times Critic's Pick.

Early Career[edit]

Before becoming a playwright, Ms. Barfield was a solo performer, appearing in her one-woman show Without Skin or Breathlessness. She is a graduate of the Juilliard School's Playwriting Program.


Barfield is a recipient of the Lilly Award and the Helen Merrill Emerging Playwrights Award.[6][7]


  1. ^ "Barfield, Tanya". Current Biography Yearbook 2011. Ipswich, MA: H.W. Wilson. 2011. pp. 47–50. ISBN 9780824211219. 
  2. ^ DeVoti, Emily. "Blue Door: Painting within the lines of history with Tanya Barfield". Accessed 13 September 2104.
  3. ^ DeVoti, Emily (October 2006). "Blue Door: Painting within the lines of history with Tanya Barfield". The Brooklyn Rail. 
  4. ^ Barfield biodata
  5. ^ New Dramatists.org. Accessed 13 September 2014.
  6. ^ Playscripts.com
  7. ^ NEARTS/2007 website