PLAYWRITING SYMPOSIUM RESPONDENT
The 38th Annual Mid-America Theatre Conference
Hyatt Regency Galleria, Houston, TX ~~ March 16-19, 2017
“Houston…We Have a Problem”
Named a recipient of the Mary McCloud Bethune Award (National Council of Negro Women, 2015) and one of the “100 Creatives” of 2014 by the Houston Press, S. Denise O’Neal has been a writer, director and producer for over 20 years and has most recently become a published playwright. She is the executive director of Shabach Enterprise, a non-profit theater company based in Houston, TX and the owner of Watch My Groove Ent., LLC. Her most recent critically acclaimed productions include: Ms. Lily’s Groove, Just A Few Feet Away, Bagel Anyone, Fly In The Windshield (which was Broadway World’s “Editor’s Pick for Best New Play of 2013”) & . In 2013, she founded the national play festival, Fade To Black, celebrating the new works of Black playwrights, which is the first of its kind for Houston, TX. In 2014 she served as the assistant director for the Pulitzer Prize-winning production of Ruined written by Lynn Nottage in its Houston regional premiere. She directed the production of Intimate Apparel, also written by Lynn Nottage in 2015. She is currently a member of the Dramatists Guild, serves as a board member of Scriptwriters/Houston and is very active in the Houston theatre community.