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Charles OyamO Gordon

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OyamO (aka. Charles F. Gordon) is an Associate Professor of Theatre and writer-in-residence at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. His plays have been performed in theatres across the country, including the Yale Repertory Theatre; the Manhattan Theatre Club, the Working Theatre, the Public Theater, Negro Ensemble Company, Frank Silvera Writers Workshop, New Federal Theatre, Frederick Douglas Creative Arts Center, BACA, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and the Triplex Theatre, all of New York City; Penumbra Theatre of St. Paul, MN; Karamu House Theatre in Cleveland, OH; Shelby Community Players at Shelby State Community College in Memphis, TN; Crossroads Theatre and the George Street Playhouse of New Brunswick, NJ; Arena Stage (three Helen Hayes Award nominations) and the Kennedy Center in D.C.; the Wexner Center of Columbus; Theatre of the First Amendment at George Mason University; Lorraine Hansberry Theatre and Eureka Theatres in San Francisco; the Goodman Theater of Chicago; the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference in 1972, '73, '74 and '98; Theatre Emory in Atlanta; National Theatre Institute in Montreal; Theatre du Horla in Avignon, France; the Meadowbrook Theatre in Rochester, Michigan; the Fountain Theatre in L.A.; the St. Louis Black Repertory Co., and at numerous American universities. For HBO, Charles wrote an episode for the Famous Black American Anthology and a TV adaptation of I Am a Man. Mr. Gordon has received fellowships from the Berrilla Kerr, Guggenheim, Rockefeller and McKnight Foundations, as well as grants from the Ohio and N.Y. State Arts Councils and three NEA fellowships. He received his M.F.A. in playwriting from the Yale School of Drama and is a member of PEN, Dramatists Guild, New Dramatists (alumni), the Ensemble Studio Theatre, Writers Guild East, the O'Neill Playwrights Center, and the Black Theatre Network. He won the 1999 Eric Kocher Playwrights Award for The White Black Man (Mundele Ndombe) at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference of 1998. He was awarded a PEW/TCG Playwright-in-Residence Fellowship for the year 2000 at the Philadelphia Theatre Company. He is a site monitor for the NEA and vice president of the Board of Directors of Theatre Communications Group. He lives in the Twin Cities.

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