Rosalind Ayres-Williams Memorial Scholarship
for Black playwrights
Launched in 2018, Working Title Playwrights is grateful to be able to honor past WTP member Rosalind Ayres-Williams through this Memorial Scholarship, funded through an anonymous donor.
The Scholarship will be awarded on a two year cycle, for ten years. The recipient/s will be announced before the June 30 Membership Drive and will begin their WTP membership on July 1.
The deadline for 2021-2023 Scholarship applications is May 30, 2021.
ALIYAH CURRY is a Southern-raised writer and filmmaker, focusing on Black female sexuality and mental health. She brings these stories to life on stage, screen, and other mediums such as photography and poetry. Her work has been featured in Port City Review, Permission to Write, and various film festivals and exhibitions.
“As a young writer and filmmaker focused on Black female sexuality and mental health, WTP would help me hone in on my voice and make sure that the voices of women are heard. The critique sessions and table reading opportunities would help me as I begin this career, to have my words heard and living instead of stuck on the page. The more I learn, the better I can reach and serve my community with plays.”
Christopher is honored to join WTP to stretch his wings as a playwright. An Atlanta native and actor, Christopher first performed on Spelman’s stage at the age of four. Christopher has performed nationally at the Freedom Theater in Philadelphia, the Denver Center Theater Company, The Redcat, Boston Court, and Bootleg theaters in Los Angeles, the Mixed Blood theatre in Minneapolis, 7Stages and the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. Christopher received a B.F.A at the California Institute of the Arts. As a writer he has created many comedy shorts, developed plays, and written a full length play called Cracking Zeus. In all of his work he attempts to elevate awareness and compassion, and hopes to continue in that with WTP.
Avery is an actor and playwright from Atlanta. He has performed on a variety of stages including the Alliance Theatre, Actor’s Express and Stage Door Players. He is a proud member of the Dad’s Garage Theatre Company where he can be seen regularly doing improv and scripted shows. As a playwright, his first full length play Woke was the runner up for 2018 Detroit New Works Festival and a co-winner of the 2018 Essential Theatre Playwriting Competition. He looks forward to the journey of growing into his fullest potential as a writer, and he would like to thank his loved ones and Working Title Playwrights.
“Roz was a great believer of WTP’s mission and appreciated the organization’s commitment to inclusion and diversity,” says Patrick Cuccaro, “The scholarship is a fitting way to honor Roz and extend her legacy of looking out for others, especially those who might otherwise be overlooked.”
Roz died on Christmas Eve, 2017, at the age of 68 after a prolonged illness. Along with her skill as a writer, Roz was known for her generous spirit.
“Roz was a friend” says WTP Managing Artistic Director, Amber Bradshaw. “Her presence at WTP events is missed. I am grateful we have the opportunity to honor her with this scholarship”.
“I am only gone in body, which served me well for 68 years. My body got tired, but my spirit will live on. I now look forward to serving and loving you in ancestral form.” —Roz Ayres-Williams, 1949-2017.
Those interested in becoming a recipient should send a short artistic statement, resume and writing sample to Amber Bradshaw (firstname.lastname@example.org) about how their involvement with WTP will benefit them and how Roz’s epitaph speaks to them. Please title your email submission “Rosalind Ayres-Williams Memorial Scholarship Submission”. WTP will be accepting submissions for the 2021-2023 cycle in beginning in April 2021.