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CELESTE BEDFORD WALKER
GREENWOOD: An American Dream Destroyed
The Black and Latino Playwrights Celebration (BLPC) was held entirely online this year.
Celeste Bedford Walker's Greenwood: An American Dream Destroyed was selected as one of two featured plays during the festival, and virtually presented via Zoom on Sept. 6, 2020.
Greenwood: An American Dream Destroyed tells the powerful story of the tragedy that took place on May 31, 1921 in the Greenwood District of Tulsa, OK from the perspective of three generations of the Boley family, a representative composite of an African-American family that may have lived during that tragic and tumultuous time.
by Celeste Bedford Walker
Three sophisticated and successful women find themselves living single and ready to mingle…but this time with much (much) younger men.
This fun, feisty romantic comedy explores the dynamics between the sexes, and highlights when a woman knows what she wants…she knows how to get it.
current, recent & upcoming
2019 AUDELCO AWARD for
Best Revival of a Play
Reunion in Bartersville
written by Celeste Bedford Walker
directed by Marjorie Moon
performed by Black Spectrum Theatre Co.
A hilarious murder mystery!
2019 Winners and Honorees
THEATERMAKERS FALL PREVIEW, N.Y.
Oct. 7, 2019
AUDELCO President Jackie Jeffries and others presented THE THEATERMAKERS - A Black Theater Preview: Fall Edition at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, hosted by four-time Tony Award®-winning producer Ron Simons.
Black Theater Preview shines the spotlight on the presence of black artists on stage: Broadway, Off-Broadway, and beyond.
The evening featured excerpts presented from Classical Theatre of Harlem's “A Christmas Carol In Harlem”; “(A)loft Modulation” by Jaymes Jorsling; Black Spectrum Theatre Company's “Sassy Mamas” by Celeste Bedford Walker and more.
For booking info, click on the name of the play you want to book:
REVIEWS & PRESS
"The quintessential National Black Theatre Festival (NBTF) experience was Celeste Bedford Walker’s “Reunion in Bartersville.”
A jam-packed house was whooping with laughter, me included."
- Christopher Rawson,
(Reunion in Bartersville)
Roy Berko, BWW Review
From the first laugh, which hit about two lines into the show, until the screaming standing ovation ending, the ladies and the cast were part of a love/laugh in.
Mark Horning, TALKIN' BROADWAY
Sassy Mamas manages to turn the older-pursuing-younger concept right on its head in hilarious fashion (and quite fashionably). The acting is tight and on cue and the comedy is on point. It sparkles!
Christine Howey, CleveScene
A tight and enjoyable ride, augmented by a classy scenic design and drop-dead gorgeous costumes... keeping the dialogue crisp and the laughs plentiful.
Celeste Bedford Walker’s award-winning canon includes over forty plays, videos, documentaries and films that have been performed and viewed in major venues across the country. She has received numerous commissions to write dramas, comedies, and musicals for theaters, schools, museums, and organizations.
Recognized by the U.S. Congress for her historical contribution as producer and author of works that bring to light lost stories of African American history, Walker has received several honors and awards in theatre.
Awards include finalist in the international Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for outstanding work by a female playwright; The Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP Theatre Awards for Best Playwright/Best Play for positive portrayal of Blacks in the media; the National Black Theatre’s August Wilson Playwriting Award for significant contributions to Black and American Theatre; finalist in 38th Annual Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival, Houston Ensemble Theatre’s Salute to Texas Playwrights, New York’s AUDELCO nominations and awards, Memphis Tennessee’s Gyneka Award, and others.
Celeste was recently commissioned to write a play as part of the BOLD Theater Women's Leadership Circle grant, under leadership of Ensemble Theatre's artistic director Eileen Morris. Her historical drama “The Red Blood of War,” was selected to participate in the 39th Annual Wm. Inge Theatre Festival New Play Lab in Independence Kansas. Due to COVID-19 it was postponed to spring 2021.
Walker's work is also featured in the anthology “Acting Up and Getting Down,” published by the University of Texas Press.
A proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Ms. Walker is also a council member of the Texas Institute of Letters, a distinguished honor society founded in 1936 to celebrate Texas literature and recognize distinctive literary achievement.
Celeste is also a member of Honor Roll! an advocacy and action group of women+ playwrights over forty - and their allies - whose goal is their inclusion in theater.
Her plays, universal in theme, come out of the Black experience, embracing the sacred and the mundane, the serious and the comic, with an awesome delight in the wisdom and the witlessness of the human condition.
Celeste’s production company, Mountaintop Productions, has produced and co-produced several of her plays, including “Camp Logan,” (The Kennedy Center, Wash. D.C.), “The Red Blood of War,” (The Samuel French OOB Festival, NY), “Praise the Lord and Raise the Roof,” (The 1996 Olympic Arts Festival, Atlanta, GA), “Brothers, Sisters, Husbands and Wives,” (Houston Music Hall), “Once in a Wife Time” (Tower Theater, Houston, TX), and “Reunion in Bartersville,” (Layfayette, LA).
Celeste Walker, Founder/CEO
Sage Edwards, Managing Producer
Repertoire of Work
(CLICK ON PLAY NAME TO BOOK IT.)
Barbara Jordan Documentary (Writer, Project Mgr.)
Juanita Moore Documentary (Writer)
The Butterfly Girls (Writer, interactive web game)
Sam Cooke Story (Story Editor)
Reunion in Bartersville Pilot (Treatment)
Men of Bronze (Dialogue Polish)
The Boule (Writer, Video)
Medipaid Girls (Writer, Feature film)
Community Kitchen (Writer, Video)
Texas Playwrights Anthology (University TX Press)
Texas Women Writers (TX A&M Press)
Black Texas Women: 150 Years of Trials & Triumphs
New York Times Theater Review
Theater Yearbook: The Complete Broadway and Off-Broadway Sourcebook
Women in Theatre (Wrote article)