Catch YPT's New Play Festival on May 14 & 21 at THEARC in Anacostia, DC!

Farah Lawal Harris

is a playwright, actress, director, teaching artist, poet, and the Artistic Director of Young Playwrights' Theater (YPT)

About Me


I am a first-generation Nigerian playwright, actress, director, teaching artist, poet and the Artistic Director of Young Playwrights' Theater in Washington, DC. 

I deeply believe in the power of black women and their stories. I aim to empower and enlighten others through my art, which is my activism. My work is personal, raw, poetic, funny, and focused on social justice.

I was a Founding Member of the Washington, DC-based theatre companies, The Saartjie Project and Wild Women Theatre. I am also a three-time recipient of individual artist grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my loving husband and son.

My Artistry

As a playwright, I describe my writing style as "black girl magical realism." My work has been performed in the Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival, the Capital Fringe Festival, Theater Alliance’s Hothouse New Play Development Series, Convergence Theatre's Activist Arts Festival, and the DC Black Theatre Festival. I am currently developing three full-length plays and also write poetry.

As an actress, I have performed with various theatre companies including dog & pony dc, The Source Festival, 500 Clown, Young Playwrights' Theater, and the American Century Theater. I have also performed on-screen for the Investigation Discovery Channel, the Netflix series, House of Cards, a cable television commercial, voiceover projects, and independent films.

Current Projects

I am currently producing Young Playwrights' Theater's 2018 New Play Festival, which will be on May 7, 14 and 21 at THEARC in Washington, DC. Get your tickets here!

I will also be appearing as an actress on a crime re-enactment show, Dead of Night, on the Investigation Discovery (ID) cable channel soon. More details to follow!

In July 2018, the Capital Fringe Festival will produce my commissioned play, America's Wives at Arena Stage in Washington, DC as part of their Writing Refreshed project.