Farah Lawal Harris (she/her/hers) is a first-generation Nigerian playwright, actress, poet, Artistic Director of Young Playwrights’ Theater and a member of the playwright collective, The Welders, in Washington, DC. She 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.
Farah’s work has been performed at the Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage New Play Festival, the Capital Fringe Festival, Theater Alliance, Convergence Theatre, the 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. Farah co-founded Washington, DC-based theatre companies, The Saartjie Project and Wild Women Theatre. She is a three-time individual artist grant recipient from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
Farah is currently a member of theatreWashington's Advisory Board and co-chair of the annual DC Theatre Summit.