Farah Lawal Harris (she/her/hers) is a first-generation Nigerian playwright, actress, director, poet, and mother. She is the Artistic Director of Young Playwrights’ Theater and Producing Playwright with The Welders in Washington, DC, and recently had the honor of being included on the 2020 Kilroys List for her world-premiere play, Silence is Violence. Farah is currently a member of theatreWashington's Advisory Board and Co-Chair of the annual DC Theatre Summit. She is also a proud co-founder of the Washington, DC-based theatre companies, The Saartijie Project, and Wild Women Theatre, and a three-time individual artist grant recipient from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
Farah deeply believes in the power of black women and their stories and aims to make people feel less alone through her art, which is her activism. She calls her work “black girl magical realism” and her plays are deeply personal, raw, poetic, funny, and hip-hop-infused with a focus on social justice.
Her work has been performed at Arena Stage (The 51st State), Round House Theatre (Homebound), The Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage New Play Festival, Capital Fringe Festival, Theater Alliance, Convergence Theatre, DC Black Theatre Festival, the Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Conference, and multiple universities along the East Coast. Her one-act play, America’s Wives, was produced by the Capital Fringe Festival in their inaugural Writing Refreshed series in 2018. Her play, Black Girl, Black Pearl, is slated to have its world premiere with The Welders in fall 2022. You can read Farah's work on her New Play Exchange profile.
In her free time, Farah enjoys spending time with her family and 80+ houseplants.