Courtney Patterson and Joe Sykes in the 2014 world premiere of The Geller Girls. Photo by Jeff Roffman.

Jiréh Holder

Jiréh is honored to return to the Alliance Theatre where his play Too Heavy for Your Pocket was the winner of the 2016/17 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition. Mr. Holder currently serves as the Playwriting Fellow of the Department of Theater and Creative Writing Program at Emory University. He has been the recipient of the TCG Edgerton Foundation New Play Award as well as the Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award. His plays have been developed at the Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout Theatre Company, the Kennedy Center and the Old Globe Theatre. After graduating from Morehouse College, he received his M.F.A. in Playwriting from Yale School of Drama where his plays The Rules50:13 and Some Bodies Travel (co-written with Tori Sampson) received productions. He is also a co-founder of Pyramid Theatre Company in Des Moines, Iowa. 

Kenny Leon Fellow

Roles for Jiréh Holder


To mark the end of the Alliance Stage as we know it, and to welcome the new era with the start of the big renovation, Pearl Cleage, our Mellon Playwright in Residence, wrote a piece to commemorate this special occasion.

As a spunky gal in touch with nature in the kingdom of Kashoogie, India S. Tyree portrays a unique Cinderella in the world-premiere production of Cinderella and Fella. In between performances, India took a few minutes to give us the inside scoop on her role in the musical.

A quick glance at Magic Negro director Anthony LeBlanc's resume reveals a robust string of achievements likely to be the envy of any comedian in the business. One particular credit to his name may cause others to take pause: a Computer Science and Physics B.S. degree.



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