Kia Corthron is often called a "political" playwright. Most of her plays deal with African-American issues, yet skirt the realm of all human consciences. Ms. Corthron has a large commissioned body of work including Light Raise the Roof, Slide Glide the Slippery Slope, The Venus de Milo is Armed, Breath Boom, Force Continuum, Splash Hatch on the E Going Down, Seeking the Genesis, Digging Eleven, Life by Asphyxiation, Wake Up Lou Riser, Come Down Burning, and Cage Rhythm. Ms. Corthron has won numerous awards for playwrighting including the AT&T On Stage Award, the Daryl Roth Creative Spirit Award, the Mark Taper Forum’s Fadiman Award, National Endowment for the Arts/TCG, Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, the New Professional Theatre Playwriting Award, and the Callaway Award. Kia is a resident of New Dramatists.