I came across Darrel Alejandro Holnes’s work at the 2016 Now Africa Festival. He was commissioned to write a piece that dealt with Diaspora. When I read his bio, I knew I needed to learn more about this artist! Holnes’s plays tell interesting stories need to be pushed to the forefront. In addition to playwrighting, he is also an accomplished poet.
DARREL ALEJANDRO HOLNES
- Darrel Alejandro Holnes is a poet and playwright from Panamá.
- His play TRIGGER, a piece the grew from interviews he conducted with Black American vets was just given a reading at the National Black Theatre. It was also a two-time semi-finalst for the Neil Labute New Theater Festival at the St. Louis Actor’s Studio, and a finalist for the LTC Carnaval of New Latina/o Work.
- He has authored various plays including THE BURNING ROOM, HOMECOMING, WHITEBERRY, BLACKBERRY and MACHO. His plays have been read at regional theatre, universities and venues across the nation.
- Holnes is an incredible artist who has been recognized by the Kennedy Center for the Arts, the Best New Play Award from Wichita State University, and the Farrar Prize in Playwriting.
- He is working on a new devised play called Blacks in Berlin is in collaboration with Label Noire, Germany’s premiere Black theater troupe. This piece will highlight the Black community in Berlin.
- Holnes is no stranger to research as he has conducted ethnographic interviews for the Surviving Katrina and Rita in Houston (SKRH) project directed by Dr. Carl Lindahl and Pat Jasper, PhD, in partnership with the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and the University of Houston.
- He also studied Fine Art at the Universidad del Arte Ganexa, Jazz and Classical Music at the Instituto Nacional de Música in Panama, and Creative Writing at the University of Houston.
- He is dedicated to helping writers realize their potential. He currently teaches at New York University’s (NYU) Gallatin School of Individualized Study. He also guides playwrights in the Gallatin Summer Theater Lab and the Gallatin Theater Troupe where he serves as a Faculty Advisor.
For more informaton on this fantastic artist, check out Darrel Alejandro Holnes’s website.