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Eisa Davis was the 2012 Alpert Award winner in Theatre and a 2013 Obie Award winner for Sustained Excellence in Performance. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for her play Bulrusher, and wrote and starred in Angela’s Mixtape, named a best of 2009 by The New Yorker. Other plays include Ramp (Ruby Prize winner), The History of Light (Barrymore nomination), Paper Armor, Umkovu, Six Minutes, Warriors Don’t Cry, and the collaborations Active Ingredients and Hip Hop Anansi. Her most recent work is a music-theatre piece commissioned by Symphony Space, Flowers Are Sleeping. Eisa was a resident playwright at New Dramatists, where she won the Helen Merrill Award, and the Whitfield Cook Award, among others. She has received fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, Cave Canem, and the Van Lier and Mellon Foundations. As an actor, recent theatre work includes Luck of the Irish at LCT3 (Lucille Lortel nomination), the world premieres of The Call and This at Playwrights Horizons, and her Obie Award-winning performance in the Broadway rock musical Passing Strange, captured on film by Spike Lee. In July she appears in The Cradle Will Rock at the new Encores! Off-Center series. Eisa is featured in the films Free Angela, Welcome to the Rileys, Robot Stories, The Architect, Confess, Happenstance, Pretty Bird, Apparition of the Eternal Church, Brass Tacks, In The Family, The Letter, Jack Ryan and The Volunteer (upcoming). She was Bubbles’ sister on The Wire, has guest starred on Damages and Soul Food, and recurred on Smash and Hart of Dixie. She also contributes a storyline to the collaborative marketplace event Trade Practices this fall. Eisa is a member of the Actors Studio, and a Usual Suspect at New York Theater Workshop. As a singer-songwriter, her album Something Else is available through iTunes and CDBaby. She sings her original music at venues including Joe’s Pub, BAMCafé, the Whitney Museum, the Apollo, and as an artist-in-residence at Symphony Space.
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